Lottery sales, revenues and help to schools all up in 2010

Posted November 24, 2010 4:39 p.m. EST
Updated November 24, 2010 4:40 p.m. EST

An audit of the North Carolina Education Lottery shows the system is growing in popularity and revenue.

The lottery sold tickets worth more than $1.4 billion in fiscal 2010, an increase of $128 million from the previous year. The lottery sold $150 million worth of $20 scratch-off tickets for the $200 Million Extravaganza.

The audit shows scratch-offs are by far the most popular lottery games. They made up almost $900 million in revenue in 2010. The next closest games are Powerball and the daily Pick 3.

In 2011, the lottery will disperse a projected $441 million to the state to use for education. The largest chunk of the lottery revenue, 59 percent, is spent on prizes.