ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The New Mexico Lottery announced Monday that it raised $41.3 million last fiscal year for lottery scholarships.
That's the second biggest year ever for the program which has put thousands of young New Mexicans through college.
But it still needs still more, because each year more students are taking advantage of the scholarship.
For every one-dollar ticket sold, 30 cents goes to the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship fund. It's paid for 75,000 New Mexico students to attend college in the past 15 years.
News 13 has reported on the struggles the state lottery fund has gone through this year to pay for all of the students.
Recently they got help from the big games, a $656 million jackpot in March was the largest in history. Plus the price of a Powerball ticket was raised this year from one dollar to two dollars.
"Boy, it sure doesn't hurt when you have a historic Mega Millions jackpot or a great Powerball jackpot. People really do get out and play," said New Mexico Lottery Spokesperson Linda Hamlin.
The number of students that use the scholarship has grown almost every year since it began in 1996. In 2010, 20,000 students were using the scholarship.
In the last few years the lottery has had to dip into reserves to cover all the students in the program. It is unclear if they'll have to do that again.
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New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.
It appears there's a temporary fix for the quickly dwindling lottery scholarship program.
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