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bdu4dals2 Jun 18, 4:59 p.m.
Or just increase gas tax.
Luv2Camp Jun 18, 4:55 p.m.
Compare the salary of this lottery director to that a your typical teacher. The difference is stunning. Perhaps the State should save some $ and get rid of the high salaries at the lottery.
JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 18, 4:51 p.m.
"How clever" you ask? More like, how ruthless, uncaring, short-sighted...to tie raises to lottery and then kill the lottery.
There is nothing more important than education. Our current leaders don't share the same values for people other than themselves and their families. It's more of their anti-Golden Rule behavior.
cetingen2 Jun 18, 4:08 p.m.
Hearing a lottery director complany about creating confusion or an expense is comical
panthersjse Jun 18, 3:51 p.m.
I don't understand the motive on this one!
"Screen Name-8/20" Jun 18, 3:48 p.m.
If you can say that with a straight face, then you don't know what organized crime REALLY is.
"Screen Name-8/20" Jun 18, 3:47 p.m.
Quite frankly, I don't understand why the lottery NEEDS to advertise at all. They're available at nearly every single store a person walks into, usually right there at the front of the store or by the checkout counter. It's not like one has to search to find them so it's not like it's unnoticable.
And personally, though I have nothing against what an ADULT does with their money, I wouldn't mind seeing the NC lottery fail, because I think NC citizens were sold a scam, leading us to think education would benefit from this lottery as profits would SUPPLEMENT (add to) the state's education budget when instead, it OFFSETS the dollars already in the budget, dollar for dollar, meaning no additional dollars are ever added and the basis for improving in this state are nil.
Thornes Jun 18, 3:14 p.m.
Welcome to organized crime. I knew it would not be long before it happened. There will be a loss in the traceability before it's over and unions running the state. Yeah it is coming.
yankee1 Jun 18, 3:10 p.m.
How clever to tie teacher raises to increased lottery outcome while making it harder for the lottery to even produce current outcome through advertising restrictions..............
Almost as clever as teachers expecting raises at the same time achievement scores go backwards and then having tenure to protect them from consequences.
zoso62 Jun 18, 2:04 p.m.
Who cares if they advertise during sporting events?
ncguy Jun 18, 1:46 p.m.
I agree with Stam on this
Save It Jun 18, 12:40 p.m.
No, irony is someone attacking teachers with incoherent sentences that are not proofread.
Save It Jun 18, 12:38 p.m.
This is more GOP engineering of failure for programs they are ideologically opposed to. Defund public schools, demand better results. Defund the lottery, demand more revenue. The cowardice is unbelievable.
common tater Jun 18, 11:26 a.m.
Garland and Tillman are wrong. It's not confusing to print the truth. Printing only the "jackpot" number is a lie. That number is what you might get after 20-30 years in some annuity. In reality they should put the real "lump sum" payout in big letters, then put the "possible after 30 years" amount in small print. I'd also like to see daily updates on the scratch-offs, like how many tickets are left with major prizes. People are playing the scratch-offs when the posted odds are really not true since some or most of the big prizes are already won. Telling the truth isn't a "restriction".
pianoguy Jun 18, 11:16 a.m.
Does anybody really run out and buy a lottery ticket based on one of the lottery's silly TV commercials? I would be willing to bet that for the vast majority of people, either they are going to buy a ticket or they aren't. I would be surprised if advertising had much impact upon the decision.
sisu Jun 18, 10:38 a.m.
It's just like they're doing to the schools. Make it harder and harder to do the job while expecting greater and greater outcomes.
Ms. Garland is right to speak out about it. Smoke and mirrors once again.
How clever to tie teacher raises to increased lottery outcome while making it harder for the lottery to even produce current outcome through advertising restrictions.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03