Where Does the Money Go?

Lottery Dollars Support Natural Habitats & Watersheds

When lots of Oregonians each play a bit of lottery, funds add up to support the places we love — including Oregon’s natural habitats and sensitive environments.

Lottery Dollars Support Nature in Oregon

What is a watershed?

It rains in Oregon…a lot! All that rain heads into streams and rivers, where watersheds move it to the Pacific Ocean. These watersheds are where salmon hatch and grow and native plants anchor the soil to stream banks. They’re where we hike and fish. They’re also where we learn to love the natural places that make Oregon special.

Oregon Lottery dollars help restore and enhance our natural habitats. Administered by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Lottery funds have supported more than 7,000 projects across the state and counting. These projects aren’t just for the benefit of the plants and animals living here, but for everyone who gets to experience the natural beauty of our state.

When you play Lottery games, Oregon’s fish, wildlife and natural areas win. And so do Oregonians.


of Oregon Lottery funds go to watershed enhancement and salmon restoration

Featured Projects

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The Harney Basin Wetlands

A man rides a horse across a flat landscape

The Harney Basin Wetlands

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The Salmon Superhwy


Meacham Creek: An Oregon Creek Set Free

River in Eastern Oregon

Cavendar Wetlands Enhancement

Coyote Creek — Restoration in the Eugene Area

Coyote Creek
Protect the best, and then you can restore the rest.
— Kelly Reis, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Program Manager Read The Coyote Creek Story
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Explore All Natural Habitats Stories

Want to see all the Natural Habitat grants and loans supported by Lottery dollars in your county? Or even across the state?

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Qualifying for Funding — Natural Habitats

Lottery funds dedicated to maintaining and restoring Oregon’s natural habitats are administered by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). If your organization is involved in this work, you might qualify for OWEB grant funding.