MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The record Mega Millions jackpot generated $5.2 million for funds that will benefit Minnesota’s schools, state services, game and natural resources, the Minnesota State Lottery says.
Minnesota State Lottery players won $1,847,542 on 179,363 winning tickets. Four of those winning tickets won $250,000 each, and they were sold in the following counties: Crow Wing, Hennepin, Nobles, and Ramsey.
In a press release, the state lottery said Saturday that of the $5.2 million raised by Mega Millions, nearly $3 million will go toward the General Fund, which benefits schools, local government, state services, transportation and public safety.
The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund will receive $1.7 million. This fund helps preserve natural resources like trails, parks and hunting habitats.
The Game and Fish Fund, which helps improve and protect fish and wildlife resources, will get $300,757.
Last on the list of recipients is the Natural Resources Fund, which will also get $300,757. This fund supports parks, trails and the Duluth, Como and Minnesota zoos.
Ed Van Petten, the lottery executive director, said that although this jacket got people excited, many seem to overlook where the money generated by the lottery goes.