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Lottery tops annual goal for education

Posted June 28, 2010

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— The North Carolina Education Lottery transferred more than $86.2 million to the State Education Lottery Fund on Monday, officials said.

With the transfer, the lottery has provided $419.5 million to the state's public schools during the 2009-10 fiscal year, which tops the $419 million goal the lottery set for the year.

The lottery has contributed more than $1.55 billion to education since the state-run games were launched in March 2006. Overall sales have surpassed $4.89 billion.

The Lottery Act designates that 50 percent of proceeds be split between pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk 4-year-olds and class-size reduction in the early grades. Another 40 percent goes to school construction, and 10 percent goes to college scholarships.

While the money has to go to education, the bulk simply replaces normal state spending on schools instead of adding to it.

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  • North Johnston Resident Jun 29, 2010

    The statement above that states $1.55 billion has been given to schools since the inception of the lottery, a little over four years ago. Well, let's do a little math. Divide this number by four (years of lottery in NC) and you get $387.5 million per year. One step further and divide that number by 100 (counties in NC) and you get $3.875 million per county. With that being said, how on earth can one justify laying off teachers across the state because of no money? The dividends are also distributed un fairly. Counties with the higher median incomes receive more money. Everyone should share equal portions. Just because Wake or Mecklenburg Counties have more people should not penalize smaller counties, whose residents play as well. Another factor to consider is the people like my wife, who graduated from Mount Olive College last year with a degree in Early Childhood Education and is finding it extremely difficult to find a teaching job. Wake up people, before the next election.

  • archmaker Jun 28, 2010

    yea, no scratch ticket left behind...

    ...meanwhile, our schools don't have supplies and our teachers are lucky if they have a job.

  • T-3485 Jun 28, 2010

    While the money has to go to education, the bulk simply replaces normal state spending on schools instead of adding to it.

    Why do we need the lottery?

  • Sherlock Jun 28, 2010

    What money, still teachers are getting dropped. The NC govt can not show were it is going they can only say.

  • pwilliamson53 Jun 28, 2010

    Where is the money? Our educational system isn't gaining anything from the lottery cause of elected officials are using the money for other things than our school system. With the lottery funding there should not be any school suffering, teachers losing jobs and schools not being built as needed. So where is the money?? It should be public knowledge where every cent of the lottery is going and how it is being used, cause it is the public who is supporting the lottery everyday. As the old saying goes, " show me the money " show me where it is going.

  • Rolling Along Jun 28, 2010

    yet another government boondoggle...

  • colliedave Jun 28, 2010

    Rather than add to our existing state funding our fair leaders take the projected lottery profits out of of the state budget and use it elsewhere so our education system is not really gaining one thin dime from the "Education Lottery." kimistry2

    to make things worse, the lottery money is given to the counties with high tax rates thereby hurting the poorer counties. "It's all for the children" continues to be yet another liberal bald-face lie/

  • ginlee00 Jun 28, 2010

    Let us free up some of this money to be used where the schools really need it. The use policy is too restrictive.

  • saturn5 Jun 28, 2010

    The money from the lottery would mean something if they didn't take the funding education was already getting and divert that to other things. All the lottery has done is replace pre-existing funding. Our government very successfully played us for fools when they sold us the lottery.

  • kimistry2 Jun 28, 2010

    Please read the last sentence of this article friends. And here in lies the problem...and the misconception that the lottery was going to "fix" education shortfalls. Rather than add to our existing state funding our fair leaders take the projected lottery profits out of of the state budget and use it elsewhere so our education system is not really gaining one thin dime from the "Education Lottery."