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Oklahoma Lottery Collects Millions in Taxes and Debts
Collects $5M in State Taxes and More Than $96,000 in Debts Owed


OKLAHOMA CITY (April 24, 2008) – The Oklahoma Lottery has contributed more than $187 million to Oklahoma Education. It has also collected millions in state and federal taxes and thousands in debts owed to the state.
 
Since its launch in 2005 through mid-April 2008, the Oklahoma Lottery has withheld more than $5 million in state taxes and almost $32 million in federal taxes on prizes.
 
In cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Tax Commission, the Oklahoma Lottery checks on every winner over $601 to determine if they owe child support or tax debt. If the winner is found to have a debt, the amount owed and the taxes on the prize are deducted from the prize value and the remainder of the cash, if any, is awarded. More than $86,000 has been collected in child support and since July 2007 more than $10,000 in tax debts.
 
In addition, the Lottery has paid more than $35 million in compensation to lottery retailers.
 
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $187 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.
 
Proceeds are used statewide to supplement existing funds for a variety of important education purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.     
 
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.

  


The Oklahoma Lottery makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information provided on this website. In the event of any conflict between the winning numbers posted on this website and winning numbers as contained in the Oklahoma Lottery gaming system, the winning numbers as drawn and as contained in the gaming system will be treated as official. All winning tickets must be validated through the Oklahoma Lottery gaming system.