Lottery raises $9-million for education in first weeks

Wednesday, November 9th 2005, 3:36 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Lottery has raised almost $9-million in new funding for public education in its first four weeks of operations.

The lottery commission says about $29.4-million in instant scratch-off tickets were sold in the first four weeks of the lottery's first phase that began October 12th.

Net proceeds after prizes and administration amounted to $8.82-million. All net lottery revenues is earmarked for public education.

Governor Henry says the lottery's early success indicates people are excited about raising money for education.

The second phase of the lottery, the online Pick Three games, begins Thursday with live, televised drawings. The final phase begins in January when Oklahoma joins the multi-state Powerball game.