Our Minnesota State Lottery dedicates a portion of its proceeds to environmental programs, specifically the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. I have been provided with a breakdown of the amount of lottery money wagered in District 18B and how much money we contribute to the dedication. All of these numbers cover the 2006 fiscal year, which was from July 1, 20045 through June 30, 2006.
There are 30 lottery retailers in our district and they sold $4,082,246 in gross lottery sales, compared to the 32 retailers in our district last year, who sold $3,576,021. Retailers also earned $253,904 in incentives and commissions, while $2,010,020 in prizes was redeemed in our district, compared to $1,795,491 last year.
Lottery sales resulted in $293,922 being contributed to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund; $95,933 being contributed to both the Game and Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fund; and $611,112 went to the state’s General Fund.
One thing to keep in mind with these numbers is that they are sales within our district, but not necessarily all to residents. If someone works in our district and bought tickets here but lives somewhere else that is included, so are sales from people who may have just been passing through.
Lottery sales throughout the whole state were a record $450 million last year, which amounts to about a 10 percent increase over the previous year. This amounted to $32 million for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and $10.6 million each to the Game and Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fun. The lottery also sends money to the state that is earmarked for programs to help people fight gambling addiction.
Dean Urdahl represents District 18B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The district includes Meeker County and a portion of Wright County. This is Urdahl’s third term in the legislature after being elected in 2002, 2004 and 2006.