January 12, 2018 08:02 PM
(ABC 6 News)-- Since 1998, Minnesota approved to have a percentage of lottery money given to conservation and environment projects.
According to the Minnesota Lottery, for every dollar spent on tickets, 25 cents goes to the state to support services like K-12 education, and public safety and human services. So far, $2.7 billion has gone to Minnesota.
Robert Doty is the Minnesota Lottery Executive Director. "$1.1 billion of that have gone to environmental causes to help preserve, restore, and protect our environment in each of the 87 counties in the state," Doty said. "$1.6 billion have gone to the state fund including programs such as education, public safety and health and human services."
Some specific projects funded by the lottery are Whitewater State Park in Winona County and restoration for Garvin Heights Natural Area.
Doty said, "You can't win if you don't play, and remember, you're helping Minnesota and Minnesotans as a result of playing."
Created: January 12, 2018 08:02 PM
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