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Schools Win Big in Virginia Lotto

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Millions of Virginians lined up hoping to get a chance at that $448 million Powerball jackpot.

Powerball sales in Virginia generated nearly $9 million for schools across the state.

"Nearly 30 cents of every dollar goes to support public education," says VA Lottery Director Paula Otto.

The Virginia Lottery doesn't have a say in how the money is divided up between schools - that's up to the general assembly.

But we do know the lottery profits are benefiting the classroom.

"This past year, it went to buy text books, to keep down class sizes, teacher mentoring programs," Otto says.

Last year more than 487 million dollars in lottery sales went to Virginia's schools.

Chesterfield got more than $12 million, Henrico received $13 million and Richmond City schools took in nearly $19.6 million.

"No matter what happens with the drawing, no question that schools win when it comes to lottery sales," Otto says.

For a complete list of how much each school district got from lottery winnings, click here.

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