February 11, 2015 | Posted in Arkansas Lottery | By

We have written over and over again about how the Arkansas Lottery continues to reach new lows in funding for scholarships. This week the lottery released its figures for January.

The report shows that the Arkansas Lottery took in almost $35.5 million in January and paid out almost $7.3 million for scholarships. That comes to about 20.6% of gross revenue.

However, in looking at the report, it appears the only way the Arkansas Lottery was able to come up with $7.3 million for scholarships was by pulling $1.6 million out of reserve. According to its financial statements, the Lottery had roughly $5.7 million in net proceeds for scholarships at the end of the month–which is roughly on par with what it has set aside for scholarships the past few months; by pulling an additional $1.6 million from its reserves, the Arkansas Lottery was able to pay out a little more for scholarships.

Month Gross Lottery Revenue Paid to Scholarships % Gross Revenue
July $30,925,067.43 $5,928,447.99 19.2%
August 31,571,412.10 5,296,965.80 16.8%
September 30,710,493.31 4,317,227.10 14.1%
October 32,959,739.29 5,939,625.59 18.0%
November 30,617,278.28 5,577,035.16 18.2%
December 34,507,731.54 5,474,318.77 15.9%
January, 2015 35,433,619.67 7,287,773.28 20.6%
Total $226,725,341.62 $39,821,393.69 17.6%

Setting aside almost twenty-one cents for scholarships from every dollar the Lottery made in January is nothing to brag about–Louisiana sets aside 35% by law–but it’s an improvement over the some of the figures we have seen since last summer, and it’s almost as good as some of the numbers we have seen from the Lottery in years past.

Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.