The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation announced today the second highest quarterly return to education since it began Jan. 20, 2004. The period from Jan. 1, 2017, through March 31, 2017, produced $104.3 million for education, bringing the total raised for Lottery-funded programs to nearly $4.1 billion.
The quarter also saw a new record for instant game sales set in March. That month’s instant ticket sales of $140.7 million topped the previous monthly instant sales record of $126.6 million, set in March 2016. This is an increase of $14.1 million, or 11.2 percent.
More than 120,000 students benefit each year from Lottery-funded programs, and more than one million Lottery-funded grants and scholarships have been awarded since 2004. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $11.3 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1 billion in retailer commissions since inception.
“The number of education programs funded by the Tennessee Lottery continues to grow, as does the number of students who benefit each year,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO. “We remain committed to this ongoing success, and we thank those who have helped make this possible.”
About the Tennessee Education Lottery
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $4.1 billion to fund designated education programs, including college grants and scholarships, after-school programs and Tennessee Promise.
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