We're proud to support Washington's students through the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account.
Thanks to the 2010 state legislature which passed Senate Bill 6409, Lottery dollars for education now help fund college scholarships and state financial aid programs. From July 2011, more than $234 million in Lottery proceeds have been dedicated to the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account to support programs such as the State Need Grant, the State Work Study program, and early learning programs.
Funds from the account will also help support early childhood education programs through the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). This program serves three- and four-year-olds from low-income families, or with developmental or environmental risk factors that could interfere with school success. In addition to helping build the beginning skills for reading, math and science, ECEAP also provides families with access to medical and dental care and social services.
For more information about who benefits from these programs and scholarships, or to apply for a grant or scholarship, please visit the Washington Student Achievement Council.
In addition to helping fund valuable education programs, through fiscal Year 2012 a portion of Washington's Lottery proceeds continued to pay down public debt on Safeco Field, as well as Century Link and Event Center. The proceeds also support problem gambling prevention and awareness, economic development, and the Veterans Innovations Program. Since inception, the Lottery has contributed $3.2 billion to various crucial state programs.
BOOSTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY
In fiscal year 2012, Washington's Lottery distributed $33.4 million in retailer commissions and $311.5 million to winners.
The lucky players of Washington's Lottery spend their winnings in lots of ways. Some begin saving for their children's college education, while others use their winnings to treat themselves to a new car or family vacation. Other winners help good causes and contribute to nonprofits right here in Washington State.