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Washington State (WA) Lottery

Many Washington State residents believe Washington's Lottery was approved by the Legislature with the intent that Lottery revenues be dedicated to schools or education programs solely. While this perception is understandable given the history of "Lottery Legislation" introduced in the 1970s and early 1980s, the reality is different.

Legislation creating Washington's Lottery was signed on July 16, 1982, by Governor John Spellman. When this bill (House Bill No. 1251, supporting the establishment of a lottery for Washington State) first came before the Legislature, it was a time of recession both in Washington State and, in fact, throughout much of the country. Because there was a great need for funding in many areas, the Legislature was reluctant to pass any bill that would dedicate Lottery funds solely to education. Therefore, Washington's Lottery was created to provide revenues for the State General Fund, which supports schools, human services programs, natural resources, and government programs.

In November 2000 voters approved Initiative Measure 728 redirecting Lottery revenue contributions from the State General Fund to the Student Achievement Fund and the Education Construction Fund. I-728 stipulates that after July 1, 2004, all Lottery revenue for education will be directed to the Education Construction Fund. The Education Construction dollars are used for the maintenance and repair of higher education institutions and to build, remodel, and renovate K-12 schools.

Washington State (WA) Lottery Winners

  • Michael Trout of Olympia Region won $10,000 for playing Scratch. He bought his scratch card at Mustard Seed Market + Deli at 10323 Portland Ave., Tacoma.

  • Stanley Slivinski from Everett Region won $3.8 million for playing Lotto.

  • Sommay Rayyanakone of Seattle Region won $55.0 million for playing Mega Millions. The ticket was sold at Safeway Store #1528, 460 SW Mount SI Blvd, North Bend

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Washington State (WA) Lottery Games

  • Lotto
  • Mega Millions
  • Scratch
  • Daily Keno
  • The Daily Game
  • Hit 5

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