During a ceremony at Valley View Elementary School in Boise, the Idaho Lottery commemorated their record-breaking twenty-seventh year of operations by returning its largest-ever dividend to the people of Idaho. The Idaho Lottery Commission presented Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter with a dividend check for $49,500,000, a 10% increase over last year’s dividend.
“Each year, the Idaho Lottery delivers on its commitment to support Idaho public schools and our State’s permanent facilities,” said Governor Otter. “Fairness and integrity are at the heart of the Lottery’s daily mission and all their operations. This commitment is the driving force behind their ability to provide the people of Idaho with essential dividend revenues year-in and year-out.”
"The Idaho Lottery remains steadfast to responsibly maximize our annual dividend for the betterment of public schools and Idaho's public institutions," said Anderson. "This year's dividend would not be possible without the support of our dedicated, statewide network of 1200 brick and mortar retail locations, and the continued support from our players who participate voluntarily."
“The Idaho Lottery had its most successful year of operations in history; selling more products, awarding more prizes, and today, returning more dividends to the citizens of Idaho than in any previous year,” announced Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Our achievements today would not be possible without our statewide retailer network, our vendor partners, and everyone who plays the Lottery. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our good causes.”
On behalf of Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra, Chuck Zimmerly, Idaho Department of Education Community Relations Officer accepted a dividend check from Governor Otter for $30,957,500. Of today’s amount, $18,562,500 is earmarked for the Department of Education for use by the districts in their public schools and the remaining $12,375,000 is for the Department’s Bond Levy Equalization Fund. Since inception, the Idaho Lottery has contributed over $402 million to these accounts in support of Public Education in Idaho.
"With the efforts of the Idaho Lottery, and responsible participation from Idahoans, we are seeing record distributions that will provide additional funding for schools," Superintendent Sherri Ybarra said. "We look forward to how this disbursement will positively impact schools, and how it will continue to provide support in the future for schools and students to achieve."
The Lottery ceremony was held on the grounds of Valley View Elementary in west Boise to showcase how Lottery dividend dollars are translated into meaningful projects that improve student safety and scholastic achievement.
“Given the age of some of our schools and the growing cost of maintenance, the Idaho Lottery funds play a critical part in ensuring the safety of our students, staff, and patrons,” said Dr. Don Coberly, Superintendent of the Boise School District. “Thanks to funds from the Idaho Lottery, nearly 450 students, 55 staff members, hundreds of parents and countless community members now have a school entryway that can safely handle the influx of cars, buses, and students who come to this every school day.”