While Jennifer Rhoads of the Ohio Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association and state officials are happy to boast about the increased education funding the Ohio Lottery supposedly provides public education, schools have yet to see additional money as a result of the lottery.
She mentioned the $650 million that has been “provided ... per year in the past five years,” but what she doesn’t mention is that this isn’t additional funding. State lawmakers are all too happy to sell the lottery as a boost to education funding in order to sell their latest money-raising scheme. All money is fungible and state lawmakers simply reduce the education funding from other state sources and fill the hole they create with lottery money. So passing more state controlled gambling won’t increase education funding on its own.