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Lottery Fund (700 Series)


700 Series


In November 1984, California voters passed Proposition 37, the California State Lottery Act of 1984, as a means to provide supplemental funding to public education programs without imposing additional or increased taxes (California Government Code (GC) Section 8880.1).

In March 2000, Proposition 20, the Cardenas Textbook Act of 2000, was passed by California voters and amended the California State Lottery Act of 1984. Proposition 20 provides that, beginning in the 1998–99 fiscal year, one-half of statewide growth in lottery funds for education over the level set in the 1997–98 fiscal year must be allocated to school districts and community colleges for the purchase of instructional materials, as defined in California Education Code (EC) Sections 60010(h) and 60010(m)(1). 

Definition of “Instructional” and “Technology-Based” Materials

Under EC Section 60010(h), “'Instructional materials' means all materials that are designed for use by pupils and their teachers as a learning resource and help pupils to acquire facts, skills, or opinions or to develop cognitive processes. Under EC Section 60010(m)(1), “Technology-based materials” means basic or supplemental instructional materials that are designed for use by pupils and teachers as learning resources and that require the availability of electronic equipment in order to be used as a learning resource. Technology-based materials include, but are not limited to, software programs, lesson plans, and databases. 


A portion of California State Lottery proceeds are allocated to K-14 education programs for the sole purpose of purchasing instructional supplies. More to come with college allocation process.  


The allowable uses of restricted Proposition 20 lottery funds were expanded by an enacted bill in September 2020. Senate Bill 820 (the budget Omnibus bill) clarify the definition of “instructional materials” and expand the uses of lottery funds, as described below. Proposition 20 lottery funds may now be used for laptops and hotspots for students, teachers, and faculty as learning resources.

Senate Bill 820 (SB) 820 (Chaptered September 20, 2020)

Senate Bill 820 expands and clarifies the definition of “instructional materials” in Government Code section 8880.4.1(a), which specifies that instructional materials “include, but are not limited to, laptop computers and devices that provide internet access for use by pupils, students, teachers, and faculty as learning resources”.


The Vice President of Instruction is the categorical budget approver for the Lottery Fund. All Lottery Fund requests and purchases must be submitted to the Vice President of Instruction for approval.


Year-end balances for Lottery Funds are carried over to next fiscal year to the institution. It does not roll over to the area.


July 1 thru June 30