INDIANAPOLIS - Since the Hoosier Lottery debuted in 1989, the agency has paid more than $9.4 billion to winning players and has contributed more than $4.3 billion to various causes across the state.
Each year, $30 million is paid to local police and firefighters' pensions, and another $30 million is paid to the Teachers' Retirement Fund.
"The remaining monies go into the Build Indiana Fund, which in part lowers the vehicle excise tax," Carrie Stroud, Hoosier Lottery Chief of Staff, said in an interview with Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney. "It is an important part to Indiana, and it's good for our players to know that the money the lottery makes goes back to the state of Indiana."
In fiscal year 2013, $164.5 million went to the Build Indiana Fund.
The Build Indiana Fund is used for a slew of local projects, from improving fire stations and roads, to revitalizing downtowns.
In terms of percentages, 59 percent of the lottery's financial distributions go to player winnings, 27 percent to state causes, 7 percent to retailers and 7 percent to operating expenses, according to 2014 figures provided by the Hoosier Lottery.
For a county-by-county breakdown of where the lottery money goes, click here.
For example, in fiscal year 2013, Marion County received $31.9 million in contributions from the Hoosier Lottery.
"Marion County residents -- even those who didn't play Hoosier Lottery games -- benefited in many ways, thanks to these funds," according to a Hoosier Lottery pamphlet.