Illinois Lottery generates record $731 million for Illinois public schools

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CHICAGO (WIFR) -- Illinois Lottery reports public schools will receive a record contribution of $731 million.

The money goes into the state's Common School Fund for fiscal year 2019.

This year's contribution is nearly 2% higher compared to last year's contribution of $719 million, according to an Illinois Lottery news release.

“The Illinois Lottery’s mission is to maximize revenue in an ethical and socially responsible manner to benefit schools, capital projects and specialty causes,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays said. “Our ambition is simple: Create meaningful returns to the state and make Illinoisans proud of the Lottery.”

In addition to the money generated for public education, Illinois Lottery also transferred $4 million for specialty causes. Some of the causes include Illinois veterans’ services, the fight against breast cancer, multiple sclerosis research, Special Olympics training programs, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.