Lottery winners aren't the only ones who cash in

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Friday, January 15, 2021
Lottery winners aren't the only ones who cash in
With all the buzz about the millions of dollars in lottery jackpots, where does all that money go? Here's a breakdown of the disbersments.

When a lucky person holds a winning lottery ticket for a record-breaking jackpot, they're not the only ones who rake in the cash.

While up to 60% of jackpots in the Powerball and Mega Millions games go directly to the winners, retailers get bonuses too.

Stores that sell winning tickets take in about 5% of a jackpot, while 10% usually goes to administrative costs like staff salaries, advertising and ticket printing, according to Sandra Grauschopf, a sweepstakes and contest expert for personal finance website The Balance Everyday.

In Texas, the lottery commission has a breakdown of the percentages of how funds are allotted.

  • 65% - Jackpots
  • 25% - Education
  • 5% - Retailer bonuses
  • 3 % - Administrative
  • 2% - State programs and veterans assistance

The Texas Lottery Commission sent more than $1.6 billion in 2020 to the Foundation School Fund, according to a statement on its website. The fund is the primary source of state funds for Texas school districts. You can see a complete list of the amounts given to all districts in Texas in 2019 here. The amounts do not include revenues generated by school districts.