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Long Beach Unified School District Receives Millions From State Lottery

By Samantha Mehlinger - Staff Writer

October 8, 2013 – The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) received $2,832,312.57 from the state Lottery Education Fund in the fourth quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to documents released last week by State Controller John Chiang.

Chris Eftychiou, spokesperson for LBUSD, said that the school district received $13,066,664.83 total from the fund in fiscal year 2012-13, which represents about two percent of the district’s overall budget. LBUSD measures fiscal years from July to June. “As usual, LBUSD will use the funds for instructional materials and supplies, substitute teachers and transportation,” Eftychiou told the Business Journal.

The Lottery Education Fund takes lottery income and unclaimed lottery prizes and distributes them to public K-12 schools, community colleges, universities and several specialized schools. The Lottery Education Fund has provided more than $25 billion to California schools since 1985, according to the California State Lottery.