The California State Lottery began with a ballot measure, that was approved by voters on November 6, 1984. The State Lottery Act allows the Lottery to supplement funding for public education in California. The Lottery sold its first ticket in October 1985 and since then funneled more than $30.9 billion into California’s educational institutions, public schools, and colleges.
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The California Lottery Commission works on the principle of “ensuring integrity, security, fairness and transparency in the operation and administration of the Lottery”. The Commission comprises five members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. These appointed members meet the requirements of the Lottery Act with specifications that not more than three members can be from the same political party, one of the members must be a certified public accountant and one of the members must have at least three years of experience as a law enforcement officer. The commission is responsible for approving the Lottery’s budget and business plans to make sure that the financial proceedings and fundings run smoothly.
Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales and unclaimed prizes go back to the community for -Supplements Public Education
California State Lottery
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Sacramento, CA 95811-0336