Where does the $2 you spend on lottery tickets go?


With a big Powerball drawing Wednesday night, do you ever wonder where the money you pay for a lottery ticket actually goes? 

Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing is more than a half billion dollars – and if you bought one, you spent two bucks on that ticket. 

But where is that money going? 

The Powerball jackpot grew again after no one won Saturday night’s drawing. 

The jackpot for Wednesday is an estimated $550 million, the eighth largest in the game’s history. 

And if you bought your ticket, it cost you $2. 

“I think it should be used to fix the potholes, fix the bridges, fix the roads,” said Pat Coon of Florence. 

Coon made sure to buy her ticket Wednesday. She thinks the $2 she spent should go back to communities in the Commonwealth and according to the Mass Lottery, a small percentage does.  

The lottery is an essential source of local aid for Massachusetts.  

Lottery funds are not earmarked for any specific programs, allowing cities and towns to choose how they would like to allocate their funds.  

Some of that money goes to snow removal, local road improvements, schools, and programs for seniors.   

“I hope it’s going there,” said Coon. “And it would also be nice if it goes to more public transportation.” 

Nearly a billion dollars of lottery net profit was returned to the Commonwealth in 2018. Northampton saw $4.5 million last year while Springfield saw nearly $40 million. 

“I believe for education both for smaller children and people who want to get a college education is an important place,” said Kristin Scott of Easthampton. 

So, the next time you buy a lotto ticket, know that it’s helping communities in the Commonwealth. 

We’ll have the winning numbers for you on 22News at 11PM. 

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