Speaking of California, the state lottery has consistently provided less than 2% of the state K-12 budget. The highest contribution was 1.7% during the 1999-2000 school year. 2000-2001 school year contribution was 1.5 %. The next year saw 1.6%. There have been repeated dips and rises between 1.3% and 1.6% thereafter until 2007-2008 where it hit the low of 1.2% and has stayed there through the current school year. Even these low percentages represent about $800 million a year at the 1.2% low.
But this says nothing about what the lottery does not fulfill or about how other sources drop off or are enhanced by the state lottery contribution. Proposition 20 called for contributions to K-14, public school + community colleges + the California university system. Prop 20 also asserted that lottery contributions would not affect other federal contributions to educational budgets. The 1999-2000 school year projection in the proposed Prop 20 was $702 million.
If the current percentage is 1.2 at about $800 million, and if 1999-2000 came in at a 1.7% contribution (more than the current $800 million), then it seems the California State Lottery is, even at its worst level, outperforming its expectations. Whether Prop 20 was able to safeguard other contributions as promised is another question.