IOWA CITY | Iowa has resisted a trend adopted by other states of funneling lottery proceeds straight into public education.
Yet, a myth the Iowa Lottery, which marks its 30th anniversary this year, directly supports public education is so prevalent Mary Neubauer, Iowa Lottery’s vice president of external relations, said she continually has to clarify the misconception.
“When I give speeches on behalf of the lottery, I always ask the audience where they think the money goes. ‘Education’ is always one of the answers,” Neubauer said. “I then explain that while it is true that lottery proceeds help education through the general fund, in fact, lottery proceeds have never gone directly to education in Iowa.”