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  • stubbo19992 Feb 22, 1:29 a.m.

    These people don't care if a child is in school or not. They got their education, so why should they be worried if a child gets their education that they need to survive this hell on earth? I'm so tired of hearing about The Board Of Education of Wake County is having a meeting and cutting BUDGETS. If they are having such a hard time with having teachers,classroom needs,more space and buses; Why don't they go ahead and do what they really want to do? Close all schools and that way money can be put where their mouth is.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 21, 6:49 p.m.

    Nancy-"There is no competition for the lottery, people know it's out there."

    Of course there's competition, the lottery is competing with many other ventures that want to take people's disposable income. When people are aware that there are big lottery prizes or new games, sales increase dramatically.

  • 4Strikes Feb 21, 2:52 p.m.

    "Based on what data? Do you have any proof the advertising brought in the revenue? No." Nancy

    Exactly...Fools are going to line up to throw their money away, ads or no ads. Stop annoying the rest of us with it.

  • glarg Feb 21, 2:34 p.m.

    "North Carolina Education Lottery officials counter that administrative costs are already half what state law allows. Also, the lottery spent $14.7 million to advertise its games in the fiscal year that ended last June, which officials said is less per capita than comparable states."

    Typical bureaucrat!

    Notice how his objections are moot: "we are allowed by law to waste more", "we waste less than other states".

    Its not your money- you shouldnt be wasting any of it!

  • Nancy Feb 21, 2:28 p.m.

    "The ad budget for the Lottery actually looks rather small, given the amounts it brings in."

    Based on what data? Do you have any proof the advertising brought in the revenue? No.

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 1:59 p.m.

    "what damage would that be? Grand Union

    They lost, that should tell you right there people were not pleased with what they were doing."

    Answer the question. What damage?

    " No specific examples are necessary."

    Yes they are, you made a claim and now back it up.

    " But if you want examples of liberal failure look no further than Detroit. Not even the libbiest of libs can spin or make enough excuses to cover or deflect what democrats did to that once great city, it used to be called "The Paris of the West!" I grew up there I saw first hand how corrupt democrats turned that city into a toilet."

    and you don't think the decline of the auto industry was perhaps a much bigger factor?

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 1:53 p.m.

    "Just like some are anti-anything-Obama, I suspect some are already anti-anything-McCrory and that's why the outcry of spending less advertising the lottery."

    Nope I make the call on the merits of the issue. The ad budget for the Lottery actually looks rather small, given the amounts it brings in. Perhaps this is just a precursor to the GOP finding an excuse to sell the lottery off to one of his cronies?

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 1:50 p.m.

    "
    "Look at the leadership of the past five years and the democratic policies that started the financial mess. Those very stupid people that I mentioned earlier are the ones that all bought houses that they couldn't afford. The federal government forced banks to lend to them in the interest of "fairness". Then they had to turn around and bail out the banks." 45'Strikes"

    Lol no thats not even remotely what happened.....once wall street started buying every mortgage the banks could make the banks stopped caring who they lent money too.

  • djofraleigh Feb 21, 1:31 p.m.

    Just like some are anti-anything-Obama, I suspect some are already anti-anything-McCrory and that's why the outcry of spending less advertising the lottery.

  • shaun2xlife Feb 21, 1:28 p.m.

    The federal government forced banks to lend to them in the interest of "fairness". 4Strikes

    Please do some research on where the housing bubble transpired, Hint it's not the low income households. Started in affluent neighborhoods, and banks were the unethical party as they were not forced to give loans but also couldn't take local areas money (community banks) & loan to the communities down in the richer neighborhoods & continue to look pass the people who invested in these banks. Review the facts everything is not some government conspiracy.

  • Realthoughts Feb 21, 1:25 p.m.

    45Strikes.... Take a look at the Movie "Inside Job". It will answer a most all you questions about the collapse of the banking industry.

    I give you a clue.... most of the criminals are all retired with billion dollar severance packages or now in politics!

  • Realthoughts Feb 21, 1:21 p.m.

    "Look at the leadership of the past five years and the democratic policies that started the financial mess. Those very stupid people that I mentioned earlier are the ones that all bought houses that they couldn't afford. The federal government forced banks to lend to them in the interest of "fairness". Then they had to turn around and bail out the banks." 45'Strikes

    45.. You should go home tonight and rent the movie "Inside Job" and you fine just who is at fault for the banking crisis and who approved the policies to allow it to happen.

  • djofraleigh Feb 21, 1:14 p.m.

    14 million lottery advertising money is 10 bucks per student in NC. That would be $20,000 a year for a high school to spend in their computer/tech departments.

    The lottery gives about $700 per pupil on average, per year, I figure. But it all doesn't go into the classroom.

    How much money flows out of Lenoir County's economy each year via the lottery, to Raleigh? More than goes back into that county with 25% unemployment and lots of poverty. They give it away willingly, and the state accepts it wantingly.

    The Federal government does nothing, yet gets 25% of the winnings. That 25% leaves our state's economy.

    The state pays out 64% of income, but the most numerous "winning" of that is breaking even, getting back the amount paid, which isn't winning.

    The state uses $16 million (7.5%) for administrative costs, much of which goes to out of state contractors.

  • SouthernPackerFan Feb 21, 12:38 p.m.

    please....educate yourselves to where the Money does go and how much of it....below is the link, of course the two biggest School County's Wake and Mecklenberg receive the most

    http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/beneficiary.aspx#

  • 4Strikes Feb 21, 12:33 p.m.

    "" They are going in the opposite direction, following the democrats right now."

    Are they? please show that to be the case....." Grand Union

    Check the White House. Look at the leadership of the past five years and the democratic policies that started the financial mess. Those very stupid people that I mentioned earlier are the ones that all bought houses that they couldn't afford. The federal government forced banks to lend to them in the interest of "fairness". Then they had to turn around and bail out the banks.

  • 4Strikes Feb 21, 12:29 p.m.

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    The Lottery is hugely profitable for the State and is a net revenue maker. I opposed it and still do on the basis that its just a stupidity tax but one can't deny its a very nice and purely voluntary revenue stream" Grand Union

    I agree

  • SouthernPackerFan Feb 21, 12:25 p.m.

    "The Paris of the West!" I grew up there I saw first hand how corrupt democrats turned that city into a toilet.

    Crumps Br0ther
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    a Lions fan...BBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAA

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 21, 12:12 p.m.

    what damage would that be?
    Grand Union

    They lost, that should tell you right there people were not pleased with what they were doing. No specific examples are necessary. But if you want examples of liberal failure look no further than Detroit. Not even the libbiest of libs can spin or make enough excuses to cover or deflect what democrats did to that once great city, it used to be called "The Paris of the West!" I grew up there I saw first hand how corrupt democrats turned that city into a toilet.

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 12:01 p.m.

    "
    It is designed to fool stupid people while they build up another bloated government agency."

    The Lottery is hugely profitable for the State and is a net revenue maker. I opposed it and still do on the basis that its just a stupidity tax but one can't deny its a very nice and purely voluntary revenue stream

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 11:57 a.m.

    " They are going in the opposite direction, following the democrats right now."

    Are they? please show that to be the case.....

  • IMPEACHOBAMA!!! Feb 21, 11:56 a.m.

    I wish they'd do away with the annoying "happy happy" ads for the Triangle toll roads...that would save money as well. I don't drive on it so why should I have to pay for the ads???

  • 4Strikes Feb 21, 11:35 a.m.

    "Why call it an education lottery if only four percent goes to education. That is absolutely ridiculous. Someone is getting the money and it's not the schools. Does anyone know what the head of the lottery gets paid?" shm

    It is designed to fool stupid people while they build up another bloated government agency. Forget about the percentage, they took as much money out of education on the back end as they put in with the lottery, it was nothing but a scam to begin with.

  • Nancy Feb 21, 11:35 a.m.

    "Does anyone know what the head of the lottery gets paid?"

    Last data I found was in 2007, they were paid $246,750. But I'm sure it went up since then.

  • 4Strikes Feb 21, 11:33 a.m.

    "What can you do when, as you say, they "don't have the mental capacity to figure it out"???" atts1000

    Just keep forking over the tax dollars to sustain them until maybe they develop some sense of pride and start to stand on their own two feet some day. They are going in the opposite direction, following the democrats right now.

  • shm Feb 21, 11:31 a.m.

    Why call it an education lottery if only four percent goes to education. That is absolutely ridiculous. Someone is getting the money and it's not the schools. Does anyone know what the head of the lottery gets paid?

  • krimson Feb 21, 11:13 a.m.

    "they have fooled entire races of people that don't have the mental capacity to figure it out."

    What can you do when, as you say, they "don't have the mental capacity to figure it out"???

  • 4Strikes Feb 21, 11:11 a.m.

    "it has no real purpose other than to scan money from the weak and mathematically challenged so really who cares if it is not competitive? Better the profits go to the State than some rich louse in caymans." Grand Union

    Thanks for backing up my earlier point, by the way.

  • 4Strikes Feb 21, 11:09 a.m.

    "Yeah but you are just so smart :)" Grand Union

    At least you finally got something right

  • superman Feb 21, 10:55 a.m.

    Wake County schools spend about 3 million dollars a day. If they received all of the 14 million--it wouldnt last them a week. 14 million when compared to over a billion dollars is not even enough to be concerned about unless somone was putting it in their pocket.

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 10:45 a.m.

    " The lottery is just one of the many tools that liberals use to maintain and grow the permanent underclass that they so desperately need to stay in power. The poor fools keep voting for thier oppressors.It's not a bad strategy, they have fooled entire races of people that don't have the mental capacity to figure it out."

    Yeah but you are just so smart :)

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 10:44 a.m.

    " At least, I hope, McCrory can undo some of the damage caused by the liberals."

    what damage would that be?

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 10:43 a.m.

    "It amazes me how short-sighted our people are. Doesn't anyone have issue with an industry (gambling) with the state having a complete monopoly over it, regardless of where the funds go? You are an adult, don't you think you should have a say in not only if you gamble, but how? Don't you see that the competition will enhance the odds and experience for you? Legalize gambling in NC! Tax it just like any other industry and get the revenue that way."

    Gambling has negative consequences that usually result in the State picking up the tab for so its a legitimate thing for the State to legislate.
    and it has no real purpose other than to scan money from the weak and mathematically challenged so really who cares if it is not competitive? Better the profits go to the State than some rich louse in caymans.

  • readme Feb 21, 10:30 a.m.

    It amazes me how short-sighted our people are. Doesn't anyone have issue with an industry (gambling) with the state having a complete monopoly over it, regardless of where the funds go? You are an adult, don't you think you should have a say in not only if you gamble, but how? Don't you see that the competition will enhance the odds and experience for you? Legalize gambling in NC! Tax it just like any other industry and get the revenue that way.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Feb 21, 10:24 a.m.

    I agree that the ads are annoying and useless, the lottery machines are in plain view in gas stations and grocery stores. I very rarely buy a scratch off ticket because I never, ever win and more annoying ads are not going to change that. At best I might win another ticket which loses.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Feb 21, 10:21 a.m.

    "When the lottery reaches 200 million how about have 20 10 million dollar winners..."

    That would happen if 20 people pick the correct numbers.

  • 4Strikes Feb 21, 10:20 a.m.

    "The other guy is about to get a job that pays as much as the governor and is closer to his home...." farm

    Good for him, I would rather he make millions and not be able to continue the destruction of the state that blondie was bent on. At least, I hope, McCrory can undo some of the damage caused by the liberals.

  • 4Strikes Feb 21, 10:18 a.m.

    The lottery does nothing to help education. Anyone with half a brain would have known that was just a bunch of lies to begin with, as are most government run programs. The lottery is just one of the many tools that liberals use to maintain and grow the permanent underclass that they so desperately need to stay in power. The poor fools keep voting for thier oppressors.It's not a bad strategy, they have fooled entire races of people that don't have the mental capacity to figure it out.

  • 4Strikes Feb 21, 10:11 a.m.

    ""The lottery was suppose to add to eduction funding, not replace it so money could be spent elsewhere!"

    And soooo many people bought that line! Politicians! aaarrrrggghhh!"

    Yes, everyone was lied to by a bunch of corrupt politicians....go figure

  • 4Strikes Feb 21, 10:10 a.m.

    ""Was just talking about this recently. No reason to waste money on stupid lottery commercials."

    Do you think adverts don't work?" Grand Union

    Good job decoding that one for us. lol

  • farm Feb 21, 9:50 a.m.

    "The other guy would have made a better Governor."

    The other guy is about to get a job that pays as much as the governor and is closer to his home....

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 9:50 a.m.

    "Was just talking about this recently. No reason to waste money on stupid lottery commercials."

    Do you think adverts don't work?

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 9:49 a.m.

    "The other guy would have made a better Governor."

    Little doubt anymore about that.....

  • Grand Union Feb 21, 9:48 a.m.

    So now the Gov. thinks he is an expert in advertising too?

    ""The lottery was suppose to add to eduction funding, not replace it so money could be spent elsewhere!""

    no, that was just marketing. It was said at the time that all it would do is displace other funding and that there would be no long term gain for education. The lottery is simply a tax on people who can't do math.

  • Raleigh Boys Feb 21, 9:43 a.m.

    The other guy would have made a better Governor.

  • Realthoughts Feb 21, 9:34 a.m.

    If they would like to raise more money for the lottery here is and idea.....

    When the lottery reaches 200 million how about have 20 10 million dollar winners or 200 1 million dollar winners instead of just one or two winners splitting up a 200 to 500 million dollar pot.

    I've seen this done in some other lotteries and the response from people is much larger because more people have a chance to win.

  • pause to consider Feb 21, 9:33 a.m.

    "The lottery was suppose to add to eduction funding, not replace it so money could be spent elsewhere!"

    And soooo many people bought that line! Politicians! aaarrrrggghhh!

  • Codepwned Feb 21, 9:30 a.m.

    I'll admit. I'm impressed with what he's claiming to do. Now if he could only fix the DOT and that toll road nonsense.

  • kermit60 Feb 21, 9:29 a.m.

    Sounds like we are still looking for the magical technology that will make every kid no matter their ability an honor student. If parents don't care, homework is not done, discipline isn't delt with, no amount of technology will help. Digital textbooks, how long do you think they will last when some grade schooler starts taking them back and forth from school?

  • hollylama Feb 21, 9:29 a.m.

    "Our fear would be that, if we were required to reduce ads, that it would reduce sales and money for education"

    The ads are a bit much. Whenever you walk into a gas station many games are placed in full view of the register. For anyone that knows about "product placement"...its much more effective (I think) than television ads.

  • 75Tarheel Feb 21, 9:28 a.m.

    ANY restrictions should include that funds CAN'T be used for ANY Administrators salaries at ANY level, especially any salaries at the Central Office. They already gouge the taxpayers enough.

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