A portion of every Massachusetts lottery ticket sold goes to the state's Unrestricted General Government Aid fund, a program that provides local aid to cities and towns. Does your town get back more, or less, than it provides to the fund? Use the look-up tool below to find out.
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What is Unrestricted General Government Aid?
About 20 percent of lottery proceeds pay for the Unrestricted General Government Aid program, making up about 96.7 percent of the total program funding. Municipalities use Unrestricted General Government Aid money, which totaled about $900 million in 2013, to repair roads, fund school programs, hire police officers, and pay for other services. The local aid is distributed according to a formula based on a community’s population and property values.
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In 2013, per capita lottery ticket spending in was:
DATA: Massachusetts State Lottery Commission (2013), Massachusetts Department of Revenue (2013), US Census
Catherine Cloutier, Elaina Natario, Russell Goldenberg / Globe Staff