Is it permissible for a Muslim School to accept lottery money and use the money:
1. To pay off debts
2. To run the school
3. For construction purposes
Firstly, we should understand that playing the lottery is a grave sin. Those who engage in such sinful acts must sincerely repent and abandon it.
It is permissible for a Muslim school to use lottery money for the purposes mentioned in your question. However, it will not be permissible to use this money for the wages of the Asaatizah.
(Deduced from Jadeed Fiqhi Mabaahith, Vol. 2, Page 374)
And Allah Ta’ala knows best
Ebrahim bin Zainul Abedeen Backus
Attested to as correct by:
Mufti Muhammad Ashraf
26 April 2004
05 Rabee’ul Awwal 1425