Idaho Lottery receives 'Sharon Sharp Good Causes Award' for giving back

LEWISTON, ID - The Idaho Lottery is being recognized nationally for how much they give back to the Gem State.

The Idaho Lottery is the 2013 recipient of the 'Sharon Sharp Good Causes Award.' It's given to lotteries that give the most money back to their beneficiaries. Last year the lotto gave more than $48-million back to public education and the permanent building fund. Idaho Lottery Spokesperson David Workman said that's what it's all about.

"The lottery was created to fund public education and to support buildings in the state of Idaho," said Workman. "So anytime we have the opportunity to showcase the true benefits of what the lottery was set out to do 25-years ago we always appreciate the opportunity."

Idaho had the highest increase in net funding out of all 45 lotteries in the United States.