Lottery funds are making a difference across the state. By law, they pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, need-based college scholarships and financial aid, an academic prekindergarten program for at-risk four-year-olds, and digital learning. To date, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $3 billion for these programs statewide. Lottery funds are a small but important part of state money to support education in North Carolina.
Earnings to Education
As of September 30, 2013, the N.C. Education Lottery’s total contribution to education and the state exceeded $3 billion. The chart does not include earnings from the first three months of lottery operations in FY2006 and quarterly transfers to the state made in fiscal year 2014.
Lottery funds have always supported specific education initiatives in all North Carolina counties. Each year in the state budget, the legislature can adjust how lottery dollars are allocated. Changes for the fiscal year 2014 budget went into effect on July 1, 2013.
"As one of the fastest growing states in the nation, North Carolina is seeing a yearly increase in the number of students in our public school system. The revenues from the Education Lottery are helping counties throughout the state keep pace with this increased enrollment, either by building new schools or expanding existing facilities. Many counties are leveraging lottery funds to pay the debt service on school bonds, which allows counties to spread the cost of new school construction over many years and helps reduce the burden on local property taxpayers."
- David F. Thompson,
Executive Director, N.C. Association
of County Commissioners
pay for college.
"Without lottery scholarship dollars, tens of thousands of North Carolina students would have received insufficient financial aid to enroll and succeed in college. Some of these students might have borrowed the extra funds, if they were eligible. Some might have found ways to scrimp and save on food and books, perhaps at the sacrifice of a full college experience. Some might have taken fewer credits and thus reduced their chances of ever graduating. And many others would likely have dropped out of school entirely. Thank goodness we have these vital scholarship dollars to foster college access and success in North Carolina."
- Steve Brooks, executive director,
State Education Assistance Authority
"Receiving the NCEL scholarship will help me cross the finish line in a lifelong goal. This 33-year-old mother of two is so thankful for this chance you have given me."
- Leah Cameron, a math and secondary education major at UNC-Charlotte who hopes to become a high school athletic director one day.
in grades K-3.
"Lottery funding accounted for about 5.8 percent of all state-funded classroom teachers, or about 15 percent of all allotted K-3 positions in fiscal year 2012. So without the lottery dollars our schools got last year, we would have had about 3,942 fewer teachers in our classrooms."
- Philip Price, Chief Financial Officer,
N.C. Department of Public Instruction