California Senate approves bill shifting lottery money

SACRAMENTO — The state Senate has approved a bill intended to dedicate a larger percentage of California lottery money to the public.

The bill would return an additional 3 percent of lottery proceeds in prizes or school aid, increasing the level to 87 percent. Less money could go toward administration.

It passed the Senate on a 32-0 vote Monday and now returns to the Assembly, which approved the bill last year but now must agree with amendments made in the other house.

The bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi of Hayward also gives the California State Lottery Commission more flexibility in dividing the proceeds between winners and schools.

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