The Ohio lottery does more than give its players a chance to win big—it gives kids and teens the chance at a better education

Ohio Lottery: Partners in Education

The Ohio lottery, by law, must give all of its profits to education. The Ohio Department of Education receives the funding and is responsible for distributing the money across the state in support of various initiatives. Here are just a few ways the Ohio state lottery benefits educational programs.

Lottery Profits Education Fund

In 2015 alone, the Ohio state lottery made $1 billion in payments to education. This accounted for about 10% of the total annual education budget. As a matter of fact, the lottery has been providing funding for education since its inception in 1974. The amount grew in 1987, when the Ohio Constitution established the Lottery Profits Education Fund. Since then, all of the profits made from the Ohio lottery, after expenses and operating costs, go into education. As a result, this fund is used exclusively towards Ohio elementary, secondary, vocational, and special education programs.

Academic All Stars Program

In order to recognize students’ outstanding personal and educational achievements, the Ohio lottery helps to fund the Academic All Stars program. Each month, a recipient in nine different Ohio areas is awarded the prize. Students may be nominated if they have demonstrated excellent grades and school performance, classroom leadership, and community involvement. Do you know an Ohio student who fits this description? If so, you can nominate them for the program here.

Teacher of the Month Program

The Teacher of the Month program rewards K–12 teachers who demonstrate creativity, passion, leadership, and involvement in their classroom. With the assistance of the Ohio lottery, this program is dedicated to making sure excellent teachers are recognized for their contributions. So, if you know an Ohio teacher who deserves this honor, you can nominate him or her here.

School of the Year

By taking advantage of the Academic All-Stars and Teacher of the Month programs, any school can also be eligible for the School of the Year draw. Also, it doesn’t take much! Even a single nomination in either category will give your school a chance to enter. A School of the Year presentation in late August kicks off each scholastic year. Invitations are sent to various local and state dignitaries, as well as Partners in Education sponsors. These include teams like the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Lake Erie Monsters. It’s a great way to bring some attention to your school and all the things you have achieved. The School of the Year is given a commemorative trophy, recognition on the Ohio Lottery website, and merchandise from their program and its sponsors.

Ohio Lottery: Giving Back

In conclusion, the Ohio Lottery is proud to benefit educational programs across the state and looks forward to giving back to the community. Remember, if you know an Ohio student or teacher who deserves recognition, nominate them today. Photo: wavebreakmedia /