Net proceeds of the state lottery shall be used exclusively for the purposes set out in the Constitution of Tennessee, Article XI, § 5 and this part. The net proceeds shall be used to supplement, not supplant, existing resources for educational purposes, projects and programs. It is the intent of the general assembly that if there exist net proceeds of the state lottery in excess of those allocated to provide financial assistance to citizens of this state to enable such citizens to attend postsecondary educational institutions located in this state, then the excess net proceeds shall be allocated first to early learning programs. It is further the intent of the general assembly that the scholarship and grant programs established under this part shall not create an entitlement to financial assistance to enable attendance at a postsecondary institution for any student.

Terms Used In Tennessee Code 49-4-901

  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Scholarship: means a Tennessee HOPE scholarship or a Tennessee HOPE access grant. See Tennessee Code 49-4-902
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105