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Friday, April 21, 2006
ST. PAUL – State Representative Sondra Erickson today announced total sales and proceeds from state lottery tickets sold in District 16A and the surrounding area, including the counties of Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison and Sherburne and the cities of Foley, Hillman, Isle, Milaca, Onamia, Pierz, Princeton and Zimmerman. “The state lottery is set up to benefit our environment and natural resources,” Erickson said. Lottery proceeds for Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison and Sherburne counties totaled $3.7 million in 2005. The following is a table identifying the amount of money spent in 2005 on lottery games in area communities and the proceeds that went to the state’s General Fund, the Environmental Trust Fund, the Game and Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fund: City Total Sales General fund Environmental Trust Fund Game and Fish Fund Natural Resources Fund Foley $415,611 $60,097 $28,511 $9,767 $9,767 Hillman $50,072 $7,240 $3,435 $1,117 $1,117 Isle $257,250 $37,198 $17,647 $6,045 $6,045 Milaca $651,176 $94,160 $44,671 $15,303 $15,303 Onamia $375,049 $54,232 $25,728 $8,814 $8,814 Pierz $472,885 $68,379 $32,440 $11,113 $11,113 Princeton $1,448,684 $209,480 $99,380 $34,044 $34,044 Zimmerman $638,083 $92,267 $43,772 $14,995 $14,995 County Total Sales General fund Environmental Trust Fund Game and Fish Fund Natural Resources Fund Benton $2,646,742 $382,719 $181,566 $62,198 $62,198 Mille Lacs $2,677,847 $387,217 $183,700 $62,929 $62,929 Morrison $3,573,142 $516,676 $245,118 $83,969 $83,969 Sherburne $5,442,278 $786,953 $373,340 $127,894 $127,894 Lottery revenues exceeded $408 million in 2005, with more than half going to prizes and retailers. The lottery generated $59 million for the state’s General Fund, $9.6 million to the Natural Resources Trust Fund, $9.6 million to the Game and Fish Fund and $27.99 million to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund in 2005. Erickson provided the following examples of what Minnesota Lottery proceeds have been used for in the area: Benton County: More than 68 acres were acquired to restore wetlands and preserve habitats for many species of waterfowl; Mille Lacs County: 292 acres were purchased to expand Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, and the Princeton Area Learning Center received an Environmental Action Grant for students to construct a native garden. Morrison County: A 1,336-acre oak forest was purchased near Cushing to preserve rare plant species for scientific investigation. Additionally, 200 acres of critical fish habitats were purchased, and easements to benefit anglers along trout streams were created. Sherburne County: 200 acres of private land in the Sand Dunes State Forest were purchased, with an additional 700 acres expected to be acquired in the future. Twenty-eight acres were acquired at Uncas Dunes Scientific Area to preserve wildlife, while 75 acres were acquired the Prairie Savannah Scientific and Nature Area to restore prairie lands. More information on the Minnesota State Lottery, including gambling addiction resources, can be found on their website, Persons struggling with gambling addiction can also call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-333-HOPE, which is run by the Minnesota Institute of Public Health. -30-
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