LEWISTON, Idaho -- The University of Idaho hopes lottery funds headed into a state building fund will help finance a home for its Boise law school.

Lottery officials turned over $41.5 million to accounts benefiting public schools during an announcement Tuesday at the historic Ada County Courthouse, which will hold the university's law program and the state law library.

UI College of Law Dean Donald Burnett told the Lewiston Tribune the setting could signal state officials are optimistic $2.5 million of the lottery money could advance renovation of the courthouse.

The lottery dividend is being split among three accounts, with $17 million for Idaho's Permanent Building Fund. Burnett says the building fund's advisory council is expected to recommend $2.5 million go toward the courthouse renovation.

But the move still needs lawmaker approval.

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