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Oklahoma Lottery Logo Benefits Oklahoma Education


Money raised for education.

Where the Money Goes

Career Tech 5.5%
CareerTech pays for equipment upgrades and scholarships.
Beneficiary pie chart
Common Education 45%
Elementary and Secondary - Kindergarten through 12th grade public education, including but not limited to compensation and benefits for public school teachers and support employees, and early childhood development programs.
Higher Education 39.5%

Higher Education - Tuition grants, loans and scholarships to citizens of Oklahoma; construction of educational facilities; capital outlay programs and technology for all levels of education, endowed chairs for professors; programs and personnel of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf and the Oklahoma School for the Blind.

Teachers Retirement 5%
Teachers' Retirement System Dedicated Revenue Revolving Fund
School Consolidation and Assistance Fund
School Consolidation and Assistance Fund


More than $36 Million Contributed to Career Tech

The State Legislature typically appropriates 5.5 percent of the Oklahoma Lottery Education Trust Fund to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education annually. CareerTech has used the almost $25.3 million to help technology centers and comprehensive schools upgrade equipment and to help system employees further their education. Ten percent of CareerTech’s lottery money goes to the scholarships and the remaining 90 percent is used for technology equipment grants.

Fiscal Year 2013

  • 14 technology centers received grants totaling $1,607,965 to update equipment, from iPads to health and manufacturing simulators to a commercial pumper for fire training.

  • 150 comprehensive schools – public schools that have CareerTech classes – received a total of 251 equipment grants totaling $1,850,849.19.

  • Technology center grants paid for collision repair waterborne paint systems, a fire training commercial pumper, training simulators for health care and other programs, computer server farms, visual effect systems and iPads.

  • Pontotoc Technology Center received funds to buy iPads, which benefit the entire school.  Practical nursing instructors use iPads to monitor and assess students’ clinical experiences, and heavy equipment instructors and cosmetology instructors use them to record video of students’ work for training purposes.

  • Great Plains Technology Center has used lottery funds to pay for a server farm for the cyber security program and for a motion capture system and server farm for the 3-D animation program. The last two items allow students to create the kind of animations seen in today’s movies much faster than they could before.

Fiscal Year 2012

  • More than 200 scholarships were awarded for a total of $122,835.CareerTech logo

  • $43,800 went to CareerTech educators in the form of professional development scholarships.

Delivering on a Promise; Contributing over $291 Million to Elementary and Secondary Education

This education funding is used for such things as compensation for public school teachers, support employees and early childhood development programs.  Funds allocated to elementary and secondary education can also be used for construction of educational facilities, capital outlay projects and technological upgrades for school systems.

Consider what $315 Million could buy...

Library Books Campus Improvements Early Childhood Development
Computers Text Books Laboratory Equipment

$256 Million contributed to Higher Education

Higher education funding is used for such things as tuition grants, loans and scholarships for Oklahomans, renovations and expansions of universities and colleges through out the state and endowed chairs for professors at higher education institutions.  Funds allocated to higher education can also be used for construction of educational facilities, capital outlay projects and technological upgrades for educational institutions.

Below are some of the many ways the Oklahoma Lottery supports higher education.

Beneficiary Map 2013

Redlands Community College, El Reno, helped fund the Darlington Agricultural Center to help prepare students and producers for today's evolving agriculture industry.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Woodward, helped fund the new NOSU Woodward Campus that opened in 2008. The Woodward location offers students all classes for general education requirements and offers complete undergraduate degrees.

Rose State College, Midwest City, helped fund the new Health Sciences Center which houses degree programs such as nursing, radiology, clinical laboratory science and respiratory therapy.

Cameron University, Lawton, helped fund campus facility improvement projects to upgrade building exteriors and expand parking areas.

East Central University, Ada, helped fund the new 5,000-square-foot Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center featuring a 1,000-seat theater.

Murray State College, Tishomingo, assisted in funding upgrades for distance learning classroom equipment and technology.

Rogers State University, Pryor, contributed funds toward a $1.3 million campus expansion to double its size. The additional 7,400-square-feet includes classroom and office space, a computer lab, commons area and restrooms.

Rogers State University, Bartlesville, helped fund facility upgrades and expansions to better support the higher education within Bartlesville and the surrounding communities.

Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa, helping build, expand and renovate campus buildings for academic and administrative purposes.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell, helped fund the new Science and Agriculture Building featuring teaching and research laboratories and additional classrooms.

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater,
helped construct the new Interdisciplinary Science Research Building, the single-largest project of the Oklahoma Higher Education Capital Bond Program. This high-tech 137,000-square-foot structure will include custom-designed facilities for research in biodiversity, biophysics, synthetic chemistry and advanced materials. Scheduled to be complete in Fall 2010. Assisting in the restoration and renovation of South Murray Hall. Also Assisted in funding renovations and repairs for McElroy Hall, a campus landmark, for the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, assisted in renovating its science building, developing its Enrollment Management Center and renovating areas of its Broken Arrow campus.

Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, helped with the expansion of the Health Professions Education Center.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, assisted in renovating its occupational safety and health, and theatre buildings and helped build a new general classroom building.

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, assisted in funding the renovations of Old North, the first building of higher education in the state of Oklahoma. Also helped fund the construction of its forensic science building to be completed in Fall 2009.

Carl Albert State College, Sallisaw, helped fund the Delores O'Guin Mitchell Library, a state-of-the-art electronic library.

University of Oklahoma, Norman, helped fund the new Lissa and Cy Wagoner Student Services Center, a 34,500-square-foot multipurpose facility, for student academic services. Also assisted in financing the National Weather Center, the largest research center of its kind in the nation.

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, Oklahoma City Campus, used funds to build its Agriculture Resource Center's conservatory, a living laboratory of plant varieties. Helped finance its Public Safety Training Center, a 22,000 square foot building housing classes for students in police, fire and emergency medical technology, early care education, crime victim/survivor, and chemical abuse studies.

Langston University, Langston, assisted in funding the renovation and expansion of the Performing Arts Center and Allied Health Complex.

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, helped fund the redesign and reconstruction of historic Canning Hall and the expansion and restoration of the Art Annex.

Ardmore Higher Education Center, Ardmore, helped fund classroom expansions to better serve the educational needs of southern Oklahoma communities.

Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton, assisted in funding for the new two-story Student Center, the first building constructed on the campus since 1968.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Idabel, assisted in funding the McCurtain County Branch Campus Allied Health Building and additional distance learning equipment.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, helped build the new Hilltop Theatre, fund renovations to the Pharmacy, Chemistry & Physics Building, create new lecture halls in the Old Science Building and renovate the Technology and Engineering Building.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Sayre, helped fund upgrades of labs and ADA improvements.

Delivering on the Promise: Additional Funds Contributed
The Oklahoma Lottery has also contributed more than $70 Million to the Teacher's Retirement System Dedicated Revenue Revolving Fund and the School Consolidation and Assistance Fund.

(a) Money raised by the Lottery for Oklahoma education programs as of the date indicated. This is based on actual sales and profit calculations through a specific month.

(b) Actual appropriations made by the Legislature to educator's programs from Lottery funds through the fiscal year shown. This includes years already completed plus the latest appropriations.

Oklahoma Education Act

On November 2, 2004, Oklahomans overwhelmingly voted to pass the "Oklahoma Education Lottery Act". Net proceeds of all lottery games are to be used to support improvements and enhancements for education purposes and programs; furthermore, net proceeds will be used to SUPPLEMENT rather than replace existing funds for education. Proceeds will benefit all levels of education from Pre-K to higher education.

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