According to the Oregon Lottery website, 57% of lottery dollars (after paying expenses and winners) is shared among four areas of education in the state. One of those four areas is the State School Fund, which is the source of operational funding for school districts in Oregon. Money received from the State School Fund goes into Salem-Keizer’s general fund, and is used to pay for costs like staff wages and benefits, utilities, supplies, etc. The lottery website reports that in the 2015-17 biennium, about $30 million in lottery grants was contributed to Salem-Keizer through the State School Fund (Click to view the PDF of Marion County 2015-17 Biennium Lottery Funding).