Can you guess how much OC schools received from the lottery last year?

The amount Orange County school districts generate from the lottery might not amount to Mega Millions, but they do receive some cash that can help campuses pay for textbooks, software, football uniforms and other miscellaneous needs.

As headlines across the country today announce how just a person or group purchased the single lucky Mega Millions ticket worth nearly $1.6 billion, we wanted to spotlight how much the lottery generates for our local schools.

mega millions lotto ticketLast school year, the total lottery proceeds from tickets sales in California, including the Mega Millions, SuperLotto Plus and Scratchers Games, generated $122 million for all OC public schools, colleges and universities, according to California Lottery figures. K-12 schools received the bulk of the cash, about $97 million.

While that might seem like a lot, it only makes up about 2 percent of the funding K-12 schools receive from all local, state and federal sources. That’s just under $200 per student for the school year.

Still, local educators have said in the past that every extra dollar they get to support schools helps in one way or another. Districts use lottery funding to offset lab equipment, laptops, football uniforms, stipends for coaches, software and a variety of other costs.

About 32 cents from every dollar spent in California on the lottery goes to education. About 13 cents goes toward administrative costs, while the rest goes to prizes and jackpots, according to the California Lottery. Revenue for schools from the state lottery has steadily increased each year since the program was created in 1984.

Below is a breakdown of lottery revenue for all OC districts for last school year.

District or charter school 2016-17 lottery revenue
Advanced Learning Academy $51,612
Anaheim Elementary $3,588,005
Anaheim Union High $6,036,363
Brea-Olinda Unified $1,145,752
Buena Park SD $936,721
Capistrano Connections Academy $936,721
Capistrano Unified $9,575,669
Centralia SD $874,721
College and Career Preparatory Academy $21,813
Community Roots Academy $127,548
Cypress SD $782,545
Edward B. Cole Academy $96,188
El Rancho Charter School $224,646
El Sol Santa Ana Science and Arts Academy $182,677
Fountain Valley Elementary $1,281,765
Fullerton SD $2,677,349
Fullerton Joint Union High $2,745,906
Garden Grove Unified $8,811,582
Huntington Beach City SD $1,398,970
Huntington Beach Union High $3,091,254
Irvine Unified $6,632,837
Journey School $87,238
La Habra City Elementary $956,259
Laguna Beach Unified $588,045
Los Alamitos Unified $1,975,507
Magnolia SD $1,257,772
Magnolia Science Academy – Santa Ana $26,935
Newport-Mesa Unified $4,227,315
Nova Academy $73,423
Ocean View SD $1,704,559
Opportunities for Learning $18,501
Orange County Educational Arts $116,922
Orange County High School of the Arts $441,984
Orange County Department of Education $1,133,377
Orange Unified $5,206,948
Oxford Preparatory Academy – South Orange County $181,531
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified $5,088,765
Ralph A. Gates Elementary $200,821
Saddleback Valley Unified $5,383,936
Samueli Academy $97,954
Santa Ana Unified $10,005,554
Santiago Middle School $218,061
Savanna SD $471,847
Tustin Unified $4,798,137
Vista Heritage Charter Middle $65,041
Westminster SD $1,867,456

Source: California Lottery