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Ltr1-10: Lottery Revenue Projections

Letter Head: Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

July 21, 2010

Dear County Office Chief Business Officials:


The following lottery revenue projections are offered for your information as you prepare year-end statements and update your budgets.

2009–10 Fourth-Quarter Accrual

The California Department of Education’s (CDE) most recent 2009–10 fiscal year revenue projections, which are available on the CDE Web site at, are $110 per average daily attendance (ADA) in unrestricted revenues and $16 per ADA in Proposition 20 revenues restricted to instructional materials. The total amount apportioned through the third-quarter of 2009–10 (as of June 28, 2010) is $95.81 per unit of ADA in unrestricted revenues and $0.25 in Proposition 20 revenues. As such, we recommend that local educational agencies accrue fourth-quarter revenues at $14.19 per ADA for the unrestricted lottery apportionment and $15.75 per ADA for the Proposition 20 apportionment.

Please note that if funds are owed to the state for prior-year ADA adjustments, these amounts will be offset against your apportionment and should be taken into consideration when booking the fourth-quarter accrual. Amounts due are listed under the Accounts Receivable Balance column and are broken down by non-Proposition 20 and Proposition 20. The
third-quarter State Controller’s Office (SCO) Master Register on the SCO’s Web site at provides information on amounts due.

2010–11 Lottery Revenue Projections

The Lottery Commission is projecting sales of $3.5 billion for fiscal year 2010–11. This level of sales would result in $1.1 billion for education. Based on these projections, we estimate that the lottery will provide $115 per ADA in unrestricted lottery revenues and $18 per ADA in Proposition 20 revenues for the 2010–11 fiscal year. We will monitor actual sales each quarter and advise you of any changes to the projection.

The Department requests that county superintendents of schools inform local educational agencies immediately of this information. If you have any questions regarding your lottery apportionment, please contact Stel Cordano, Fiscal Consultant, Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education by phone at 916-327-0378 or by e-mail at


Scott Hannan, Director
School Fiscal Services Division

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