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Mega Millions lottery: Where does lottery money go in different states?

Comes ahead of the historic $1.6 billion Mega Millions drawing.

Lottery Jackpot Winners Who Lost Big

When many people think of how lottery winnings are spent, images of new mansions or lavish yachts and flashy cars zoom through the minds of jackpot hopefuls.

Most don’t think of the paths in Colorado parks, or the classrooms of Florida public schools, or senior centers in Pennsylvania, but those are all lottery winners in their own ways too.

The specific lottery systems differ in each state, but each state donates a percentage of the revenue generated from ticket sales to their own causes.

“Lottery revenues are allocated differently in each state, with determinations made by state legislatures. In many states, the money goes to public education, but some states dedicate it to other good causes,” said Carole Bober Gentry, a spokesperson for the Maryland lottery and Mega Millions.

One lucky state could be in for a bigger windfall depending on the results of Tuesday night’s historic Mega Millions drawing, now that the jackpot is set to $1.6 billion.

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