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Economy expected to slow lottery sales

Posted October 22, 2008
Updated October 23, 2008

N.C. Education Lottery

— State lottery director Tom Shaheen said Wednesday that lottery officials expect the slowing economy to crimp ticket sales next year.

Officials now project sales of about $1.25 billion between next July and the end of June 2010. The state has budgeted about $1.27 billion in sales for the current fiscal year.

The lottery is on track to meet its sales budget for 2009, a spokesman said.


The news came the same day that Shaheen announced the North Carolina Education Lottery had shifted $99.8 million to public schools statewide in the first three months of the fiscal year – marking the state-run game's largest transfer since its inception two years ago.

Since March 2006, the lottery has raised more than $825 million for schools in North Carolina.


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  • Axilla Oct 23, 2008

    Numbers Game Alright
    $16M less in sales? – That’s only a 1.26% decrease of 2009 projected budget revenue.
    On the other hand $99.8M in the first quarter of 2009 represents 12% of the total $825M “shifted” to schools since March 2006. Now that’s a significant percentage – why so much in only one quarter?
    Information Needed: What was the total gross lottery revenue that trickled down to $825M contributed to education? (Disclaimer: My numbers based exclusively on this WRAL article.)

  • LuvLivingInCary Oct 23, 2008

    i've bought my last scratchoff...early this year when the new higher winning cards came out i was seeing some wins. i have not had a win not even a free ticket in about four months and the places i buy say the same thing.

    this whole program needs to be flushed down the neuse.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 22, 2008

    Ah it is nice to see more money flushed down the rathole called a GOVERNMENT run school system

  • patriotsrevenge Oct 22, 2008

    Has anyone seen my soapbox? Oh wait, I see ChristaS is on it again. She won't be happy until she rules everyone elses life. The lottery is here to stay, get over it lottery whiners.

  • Vietnam Vet Oct 22, 2008

    I don't see where it's a waste of time and money. Nobody is making anybody play the lottery and if people choose to play it's their choice and it does bring revenue to the state...

  • Vietnam Vet Oct 22, 2008

    Oh good!! Fewer people playing is a good thing. Makes the odds better for those of us who continue to play!!

  • onyourheels2 Oct 22, 2008

    and newport cigs.

  • ChristaS Oct 22, 2008

    What does Angus Barn have to do with the downturn in lottery sales? The lottery is the cheesiest thing that this state has EVER implemented and should be stricken.......biggest waste of time and peoples' money that ever was.......except, of course, for FEW who have won!

  • Chuck U Farley Oct 22, 2008

    That's funny. On September 17, WRAL ran a story saying that the bad economy was helping lottery ticket sales: http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/3559101/

    And no, it's not a voluntary tax. I pay taxes, which go to pay for public assistance programs that give money to poor people. Those poor people, instead, take my money and go buy lottery tickets with it. Before long, they will be whining that they aren't getting enough money to buy their groceries and my taxes will be increased to match. The only difference is this is much less efficient as the private company who operates the lottery gets a big cut of this money.

    Also, if the State can have a lottery I should be able to operate one, too.

  • living the dream Oct 22, 2008

    "Economy expected to slow lottery sales"

    I've heard that sales can increase with a down economy. The less fortunate are looking for that pot of gold and spend more on lotto tickets when they shouldn't be spending any gambling.
    I have never and will never buy a lottery ticket. You and I can't place poker machines in public places, but our government can put machines wherever to sell "gambling" tickets. There's no difference.
    Look what happened to Ricky Godwin of Godwin Music.