- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Lottery officials say the program has surpassed $600 million in contributions to state education.

Since the Oklahoma Education Lottery Act was passed in November 2004, the lottery has generated $270 million for elementary and secondary education as well as $237 million for higher education. Almost $100 million more has gone to career and technology education, the Teacher’s Retirement System and a school consolidation fund.

Almost 98 percent of all funds generated by the lottery are returned in the form of prizes to players, commissions to local retailers, payments to vendors who provide services and to Oklahoma education programs.

Thirty-five cents of every dollar wagered goes to education in the state.

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