OK Education Lottery Marks $400 Million in Contributions to OK Education Dollars Help Support Colleges and Universities Across State
Oklahoma City, Okla. (May 17, 2011)—The Oklahoma Education Lottery has raised more than $400 million for Oklahoma education—and in turn, helped support colleges and universities across the state.
“Reaching $400 million in contributions to education is a significant milestone and serves as a reminder that the Oklahoma Lottery is here to help support Oklahoma education,” said Jim Scroggins, Oklahoma Education Lottery executive director. “We look forward to future contributions to help our young people be successful.”
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 former 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:
Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford
Helped fund the new Hilltop Theatre allowing SWOSU to renovate the existing Old Science Building Auditorium to classrooms and laboratories.
University of Oklahoma, Tulsa
Helping finance the new 22,000-square-foot Schusterman Center Library—more than double the size of its current library, the new facility will be completed in 2011 and will house more than 65,000 books and bound journals, a digital arts and information gallery, a computer laboratory, a reading room and group study rooms.
OSU Institute of Technology, Okmulgee
Helped fund the Health Science and Technology Center.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant
Helped support the construction of a new 22,000-square-foot, state of the art classroom building for the social science and computer science students and faculty.
Seminole State College, Seminole
Helped fund the Ben and Bonnie Walkingstick Student Services Center to better facilitate the student enrollment process and create an attractive ‘front door’ to the campus.
Tulsa Community College, Tulsa
Helped fund the Metro Campus Distance Learning Center to deliver high demand courses anywhere, anytime.
Western Oklahoma State College, Altus
Helped fund the construction of the Cooperative Higher Education and Training Center for high-tech classrooms.
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $400 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.