Arkansas Lottery Says Cuts Will Boost Money For Scholarships

May 14, 2015

Arkansas Lottery Director Bishop Woosley in this file photo at a legislative committee meeting in September 2014.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The director of Arkansas' lottery says cutbacks from an overhaul of the games will increase the amount of money available for college scholarships next year, but said its revenue is behind expectations so far this year.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley told a legislative panel on Thursday he expects net proceeds for the games to increase by $1.4 million in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The gain comes primarily from cuts to the lottery program, including the closing of three claims centers and positions that were eliminated.

The lottery is projecting a drop in sales of draw games tickets such as Powerball and Mega Millions and a slight increase in scratch-off ticket sales.

The panel's meeting was its first since lawmakers eliminated the independent commission running the games.