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Ohio lawmakers call on lottery to supplement school funding

Bill Coley, R-Liberty Township, wrote a letter to Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald requesting that the lottery offer recommendations to maximize profits.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio state lawmaker is calling on the state lottery to get creative to help schools after Gov. Mike DeWine cut $355 million from the state education budget to balance the books.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Township, wrote a letter to Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald requesting that the lottery offer recommendations to maximize profits.

Coley has expressed interest in the lottery running the state’s sports betting operation and has called on them to be more vocal about the available options. 

The two chambers are debating if the Ohio Casino Control Commission or the Ohio Lottery will run the new industry.