Your kids, their schools and your community, how are your tax dollars being spent to make them top-notch? New York residents are paying some of highest taxes in the country. The money trail includes billions of dollars from the New York State Lottery. You are not forced to play the lottery, like you’re forced to pay taxes.
For almost 50 years, lawmakers have been using lottery profits to pay for K-12 schools, almost $50 billion in total. Some people can’t believe that because it seems like schools never have enough money. News10NBC has received several emails from viewers wondering if lottery money goes to schools, why do school taxes go up?
Three billion dollars is collected in the lottery. That’s just from the last fiscal year alone, but the way the state crunches the numbers, local schools really haven’t seen a windfall for years.