The Wisconsin Lottery has generated more than $3 billion for Property Tax relief since 1988. For more on the Lottery's finances, its history, and its commitment to operating with security and Financials on behalf of Wisconsin residents, click on the appropriate header below.

Where the Money Goes

Since its beginning in 1988, the Wisconsin Lottery
has managed the Lottery fund with the following results

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  • Prizes Paid
    ($6.4 billion or 56.51% of revenue)
  • At least 50% of total revenue must be dedicated to prize winnings.
  • Retailer Compensation Paid
    ($690.0 million or 6.03% of revenue)
  • This money goes to Wisconsin businesses.
  • Operational Expenses
    ($750.1 million or 6.55% of revenue)
  • Expenses include staff salaries. The Lottery has operated well below the mandated limit of 10%.
  • Funding for Property Tax Credits
    ($3.5 billion or 30.91% of revenue)

This money has been returned to eligible Wisconsin taxpayers.

Over the years, the Wisconsin Lottery has generated more than $11.4 billion in total revenue. At least 95% of that revenue has gone back to the people of Wisconsin. That money stays in Wisconsin's economy for the good of everyone.

Note: The figures above include the most recent fiscal year, and may not be the final audited results.

History of the Wisconsin Lottery