Lottery Dollars Help Support Colleges and Universities Across State
OK Education Lottery Marks More Than $350 Million in Contributions to OK Education
Oklahoma City, Okla. (July 30, 2010)—The Oklahoma Education Lottery has raised more than $350M for Oklahoma education.
The Oklahoma Education Lottery Act, passed in November 2004, designates the net proceeds of all Lottery games for educational improvements and enhancements statewide. The funds benefit all levels of education from Pre-K to higher education.
“Marking $350 million in funds raised for education is a reminder of our commitment to Oklahoma’s youth and future generations,” said Jim Scroggins, Oklahoma Education Lottery executive director, “and we’re proud to play a role in benefiting Oklahoma education.”
Lottery proceeds can be used throughout the state 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.
Lottery funds help pay for the higher education capital bond issue Gov. Brad Henry signed into law in 2005. This bond issue allows colleges and universities to access funds for renovations and expansions to serve more students effectively and efficiently.
Lottery funds have provided much needed assistance to the following educational entities:
• University of Oklahoma, Tulsa
Helping fund the construction of a new 22,000-square-foot library building to support the educational, research and public service goals of the university
• Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Assisted in funding renovations and repairs of McElroy Hall, a campus landmark, for the College of Veterinary Medicine
• Rogers State University, Bartlesville
Helped fund facility upgrades and expansions to better support the higher education needs within Bartlesville and the surrounding communities
• Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Idabel
Assisted in funding the McCurtain County Branch Campus Allied Health Building and additional distance learning equipment
• Cameron University, Lawton
Helped fund campus facility improvement projects to upgrade building exteriors and expand parking areas
• Langston University, Langston
Assisted in funding the renovation and expansion of the Performing Arts Center and Allied Health Complex
• Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell
Helped fund the new Science and Agriculture Building featuring teaching and research laboratories and additional classrooms
• University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha
Helped fund for the redesign and reconstruction of historic Canning Hall and the expansion and restoration of the Art Annex
• Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton
Assisted in funding for the new two-story Student Center, the first building constructed on the campus since 1968
• Ardmore Higher Education Center, Ardmore
Helped fund classroom expansions to better serve the educational needs of southern Oklahoma communities
For more information about the Oklahoma Education Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $350 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds directed to common education, career and technical education and to the higher education capital bond issue through the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund (OELTF). The Oklahoma Legislature appropriates the OELTF.
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.