Lottery Officials in Utah Want Education Percentage to 'Just Go Away'

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Lottery officials say they would like to offer $10 and $20 instant scratch-off tickets with larger prizes, but that is not feasible.

The state requires that 35 cents of every dollar in lottery ticket sales go to education, which Oklahoma Lottery Commission Executive Director Rollo Redburn said limits the size of prizes.The lottery offers "scratcher" tickets ranging in price from $1 to $5. Picks in the various drawing games such as Powerball and Megamillions cost $1.

"We want to eliminate the 35 percent," Redburn said. "We want it to just go away."

If the restriction were eliminated, the agency would give all of its profits to education, he said. "That percentage does nothing to benefit education," Redburn said. "That percentage restricts the profit we can make for education, so what is the point in having it?"

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