California State Lottery Laws
State lottery laws govern how lottery revenue should be distributed, time limits for claiming prizes, and prohibited activities (such as selling lottery tickets to minors). The purpose of state lotteries is to increase state revenue, often for a particular need, without raising taxes. California state lottery laws, for example, specifically state that the lottery is for funding public education.
Below are the basic provisions of California's lottery laws.
|Code Section||Gov. §8880, et seq.|
|Distribution of Lottery Revenue||87% for prizes and contributions to benefit public education; 13% expenses|
|Additional Purpose of Lottery||For the preservation of the rights, liberties, and welfare of the people to benefit education without additional or increased taxes, money should supplement, not be substituted for, public education funds|
|Lottery Prize Subject to Garnishment||-|
|Time Limit to Claim Prize/Disposition||180 days; to benefit public purpose of education|
|Prohibited Related Activities||Sales to minors; counterfeit/altered tickets|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a California gaming attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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