Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

Department of Lottery
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2019 FY 2018
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Lottery $ 647,090.8 150.0 $ 789,474.5 149.0
Totals $ 647,090.8 150.0 $ 789,474.5 149.0

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Explanatory Notes

Fiscal year 2019 expenditures include employee back wages that have been owed to state employees who were denied a wage increase pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.

Agency Narrative
The Illinois Lottery was established in 1974 to promote and sell lottery tickets to benefit public schools throughout the state as well as various good causes. The Department is organized to provide for administering and overseeing the operations of the Illinois Lottery with the assistance of a private manager under a management agreement. Its mission is to maximize revenue to the state to benefit schools, capital projects, and specialty causes in an ethical and responsible manner while ensuring all Lottery operations adhere to the highest standards of security and public accountability. Lottery drawings and prize payments are administered exclusively through the Department of Lottery personnel to ensure continuity and integrity. There are approximately 7,344 Lottery retailers in Illinois. As of June 30, 2019, the Lottery has raised nearly $22.3 billion for the benefit of the Common School Fund, nearly $450.8 million for the benefit of the Capital Projects Fund, and just over $51.1 million for specialty tickets.