Schools
7:48 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Illinois Schools get $30 Million from Record Lottery Sales

Last week's record Mega Millions drawing made a winner of Illinois schools, too.  WBBM Radio reports that record Illinois lottery sales in the past nine weeks pumped $31.5 million into the fund devoted to public schools.  Lottery officials say that's mostly because of the multi-state Mega Millions game that reached an all-time high $656 million before producing three main winners in a drawing Friday.  One of the Mega Millions winners bought a ticket in Red Bud near St. Louis. Officials say the convenience store that sold the ticket will collect a $500,000 bonus.  Lawmakers created the Illinois lottery in 1974 to boost school funding. Officials say it's produced more than $17 billion during that time.