$16 Million Received in Va. From Mega Millions Sales

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Even if you were not one of last night's winners in the Mega Millions jackpot, you still might benefit.

The money you spent on your losing lottery ticket helps schools in the Valley.

The profit from Virginia lottery games like Mega Millions goes to public schools across Virginia, which helps pay for things like textbooks, ESL programs and the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

The frenzy over last night's drawing brought in more than $16 million in profit in Virginia.

Dr. Jeffrey Cassell, the superintendent of Waynesboro Schools said lottery money makes up about 10 percent of the money they get from the state and called that money critical.

"They are consistent funds, and funds we count on from year to year. Obviously we've been in some tough budget times, and without the lottery funds supporting K-12 education, the budget cuts would have been even more devastating than they already have been," said Cassell, "I think we've had the lottery in Virginia for so long that it's an accepted form of revenue, not one that I believe is going to go away or that people are going to stop playing the lottery or playing any less."

The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday. The jackpot is estimated at 15 million dollars.

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