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Moreover, lottery officials that the net proceeds may have actually been bolstered by unclaimed prize money the lottery has on hand (that is, prize money people have won but never picked up) and by the timing of recent lottery payouts. In other words, the $6.8 million may have actually been more than you might expect simply because of when the lottery happened to pay some of its bills and because a lot of people haven’t stopped by to pick up their winnings.

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So for every $1 the Arkansas lottery commission made in October, about 20 cents went to college scholarships. The other 80 cents were spent elsewhere.

Entries were judged for artistic skill, creativity and reproducibility.

Colton SwartwoudtGrade 8St. Dominic School, Northfield

The Arkansas Lottery Commission showing the Lottery still only allocates, at best, about 20-cents in scholarship revenue for every dollar it makes selling lottery tickets.

Matthew HansberryGrade 6St. Therese School, Deephaven

According to Lottery Commission reports for the month of October, the Arkansas Lottery took in $33,271,398.30 in revenue, but only paid out $6,773,936.78 in college scholarships.

Eric RabenbergGrade 5Most Holy Redeemer School, Montgomery

Christmas is the season of hope and every year we look forward to spending time with family and friends during this wonderful holiday. Every ornament that I put on my Christmas tree has a special place in my heart.

Celina JosephSt. Mark, Shakopee

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The ornament on my family Christmas tree that I like best is an ornament with a sparkly snowman embracing a little bear cub. They are both bundled up in winter gear. This is my favorite one on my tree because of the smiles and the pure joy and love that I can see on both of their faces. Christmas is about finding and sharing the joy and love of God the Father, and His Son, Jesus, whom we celebrate during this season. It is about simplicity and hope, and I think that this ornament really shows that spirit. It calls us to a deeper relationship with God, and encourages us to invite Jesus into our lives, because we too can find God and experience the peace of His embrace. Let us leave behind the craziness that takes us away from God, and get back to the true meaning of Christmas, which is finding the joy of Jesus. Share your gifts so that others can also find love. Remember to smile, because, “They shall know we are Christians by our love.” Christmas is a wonderful time of year; enjoy it, and Merry Christmas!

So let’s do the math: $6,773,936.78 / $33,271,398.30 = .2036 or 20.4%.

Ella FredricksonGrade 8,St. Thomas More School, St. Paul

The 208 entries came from across the archdiocese and were judged by a panel of Catholic Spirit staff members, who chose winners in four categories: grades1-3, grades 4-6, grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.

At this rate, the Arkansas Lottery won’t meet its scholarship goals for 2014.

Katie AdamsGrade 7St. Vincent de Paul School, Brooklyn Park

The Peanut ornament hangs underneath our angel tree-topper next to a Sprout ornament for his sister, Emma Jean, who was born a year later on February 1. This year we will have to add yet another ornament for Baby who is due in early April.