So, you didn’t win the huge jackpots from the Mega Millions and Powerball lottery games this year. However, the dollar or two that you paid for a losing chance at becoming filthy rich did some good – according to the Nebraska Lottery.
The lottery department says strong sales during the first quarter of 2012 resulted in the largest amounts of proceeds to be transferred to the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds since the lottery was established in 1993.
A total of $10,028,135 was distributed the week of March 30 to several beneficiaries.
The Education Innovation Fund received $1,980,557. The Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund received $2,481,963. The Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund received $4,462,520. The Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund received $1,002,814. The Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund received $100,281.
The money came from sales of scratch and lotto ticket sales during January, February, and March.
Huge lotto jackpots helped to fuel sales during the first quarter.
The Mega Millions jackpot grew to $656-million before three winning tickets were sold in other states for Friday night’s drawing.
The Powerball jackpot grew to $336-million until a single winning ticket was sold in Rhode Island for the February 11th drawing.