Total revenues generated by the state’s lottery increased to $3.1 billion in 2016, up by $505 million from 2014, according to the state budget. That has been a windfall for Michigan’s public schools.

The lottery contribution to the School Aid Fund increased from $746.8 million in 2014 to $892.9 million in 2016, a $146.1 million increase, or enough to pay the average salaries of 2,361 public school teachers that year. The School Aid Fund total revenue was $12.1 billion in 2016.

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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