During fiscal year 2014 New York transferred more than $3.1 billion from its lottery system to education, according to data from lottery-focused publication La Fleur's. Park said the state was likely on track to top that figure.
Most states transfer a portion of their lottery revenues to education funds, but there's a diverse collection of other uses for the money. Wisconsin, for example, used $168.37 million worth of lottery sales for property tax relief in fiscal year 2014, according to La Fleur's. Oregon, meanwhile, transferred $507.25 million in lottery revenue to its economic development fund in FY 2014, La Fleur's reported.
Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah, Alaska and Hawaii do not participate in the game.
Despite these figures, many remain unimpressed by the amount of money that state-run lotteries bring in for education and other civic works.
A 2014 episode of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" attacked the concept that lotteries serve as charitable foundations, anda follow-up analysis from FiveThirtyEight found that about two-thirds of revenue goes to prizes among 43 states for which the outlet could collect data.