COLUMBUS: The state of Ohio is already winning from the record Mega Millions jackpot.
Profits from lottery sales go to a fund for schools in the state. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that since Ohio joined the multistate Mega Millions game, its state revenue rose from $16.5 million to a peak so far of more than $223 million in 2006.
Education Department spokesman Patrick Gallaway says lottery games make up 6.3 of the department’s total appropriations.
Ohio winners would help operating revenues by paying 6 percent of their prize to the state.
The state’s tax commissioner tells the Associated Press that Ohio’s share of a lump-sum payout would be $23 million — hardly pocket change, but a fraction of the state’s $56 billion two-year budget.