Education funding that comes from the Missouri Lottery is about $5 million below what officials had hoped for the first three months of the budget year. The lottery didn’t meet sales goals in June and July, the state Lottery Commission heard during a recent meeting, but sales ticked back up some in August and officials say they are optimistic about upcoming promotions aimed to drive sales.
The state Legislature’s spending plan that went into effect July 1 is betting on the lottery to generate record sales and transfer a record $298.5 million back to the state. The Legislature gave the Missouri Lottery $4 million more this year for advertising efforts. The lottery also is rolling out play-at-the-pump and ATM purchases in some test markets, which officials say will increase sales. Meanwhile, promotional events have been held across the state this summer.