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Kingman receives $140,000 in funds from state's lottery

Transportation within the city of Kingman received an extra $140,109 boost during fiscal 2003 from Arizona Lottery funds.

Cindy Esquer, communications manager with the Arizona State Lottery, said Kingman received $115,964 in transportation assistance funds and $24,145 for mass transit from lottery proceeds from July 1, 2002, to June 30, 2003.

Almost 30 percent of lottery tickets sales is distributed to cities and counties through different funds.

"That $115,000 went to our street department for maintenance, such as patching, chip sealing and oil for resurfacing, along with some smaller projects," said Coral Loyd, director of financial services for the city of Kingman.

"The transportation assistance fund used to include Powerball money, but two years ago the state rescinded that and dedicated all of that money to the general fund."

Kingman received about $2,000 more in transportation assistance funds during fiscal 2003 than fiscal 2002, when lottery money for that fund amounted to $113,919, Esquer said.

Last year, the city began the Kingman Area Regional Transit bus system.

That increased Kingman's share of mass transit money from the Arizona Lottery from $3,871 for fiscal 2002 to $24,145 for fiscal 2003.

Grants were found to purchase the KART buses.

The additional lottery money helps pay for operations, including fuel and maintenance, Loyd said.

Lottery money is disbursed based on population.

Money from ticket sales is broken down into four payout areas – 55 percent for player prizes, nearly 30 percent to funding for state programs, slightly under 10 percent for operational expenses of the lottery, and the remainder to retailers selling tickets.

Lottery sales for fiscal year 2003 totaled $322,267,000.

Of that amount, $95,710,800 went to state programs.

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