Total Illinois Lottery expenditures of $2.060 billion in fiscal 2008
included $1.199 billion, or 58.2 percent, for prizes; $643 million,
or 31.2 percent, in transfers to the Common School Fund for
education; $153 million, 7.4 percent, paid out in agent and vendor
commissions; $60 million, 2.9 percent, for the operation of the
Illinois Lottery; and $5 million, 0.3 percent, in transfers for
The instant games and Pick 3 game paid out the largest dollar
amounts of prizes, with $734 million and $148 million, respectively.
Other game payoffs were $111 million for Mega Millions, $79
million for Pick 4, $65 million for Little Lotto, $63 million for
Lotto, $12 million for Pick N Play and $13 million for Millionaire
The two largest line items of operational expenses for the
Illinois Lottery were advertising, at $16 million, and game
development, at $9 million.
General funds revenues totaled $33.838 billion in fiscal
The largest source of revenue to the general funds was the
personal income tax, with receipts of $10.320 billion, accounting
for 30.5 percent of the total.
Sales taxes were the second-largest source of revenue, with
$7.215 billion, or 21.3 percent of the total. Other major sources
included federal revenues of $4.815 billion, or 14.2 percent;
corporate income taxes of $1.860 billion, 5.5 percent; gaming
sources of $1.236 billion, 3.7 percent; and public utility taxes of
$1.157 billion, 3.4 percent.
All other sources of revenue -- including cigarette, liquor,
insurance and inheritance taxes; short-term borrowing; and other
miscellaneous sources -- totaled $7.235 billion for fiscal 2008 and
accounted for 21.4 percent.
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Expenditures from the general funds totaled $35.876 billion
in fiscal 2008, $2.038 billion more than revenues.
Health and social services expenditures -- which include spending
for medical assistance, children and family services, the operation
of mental health facilities and facilities for the developmentally
disabled, and other related services -- totaled $13.760 billion in
fiscal 2008, accounting for 38.4 percent of total general funds
Education encompassed the second-largest portion, 28.9 percent,
of the general funds budget, with fiscal 2008 spending of $10.376
billion, including $8.181 billion for elementary and secondary
education and $2.195 billion for higher education.
Transfers out of $8.719 billion from the general funds primarily
supported local governments, debt service payments on bonds issued
and repayment for short-term borrowing.
Spending of $1.915 billion for public protection and justice
included funding for the operation of prisons, courts and law
Other areas of spending included general government, at $686
million, as well as $420 million for such things as employment and
economic development, environmental assistance, refunds, and
[Daniel W. Hynes,
comptroller; LDN staff]