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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