NC Lottery Reports Record Profits For Education, Sales

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The chief of the North Carolina Education Lottery attributes new scratch-offs, more daily drawings and a larger retail base to help generate record ticket sales and net profits for the state.

The lottery announced Monday it sold nearly $1.5 billion in tickets for the year ending June 30. That's almost 3 percent higher than last year. The lottery transferred $447 million to education initiatives -- the highest amount in the lottery's five-year history.

Executive director Alice Garland said sales rallied in the second half of the year because of new instant games. The lottery also added more afternoon number drawings and now has more than 6,600 retailers.

The lottery has generated $6.4 billion in sales and more than $2 billion for education since tickets were first sold in March 2006.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2011 at 07:40 PM
    Where is all this money going?
  • by Keith on Jul 11, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    Lottery is profiting and the NC School Systems are suffering. There something wrong with this picture.
  • by numeraologist(V) on Jul 11, 2011 at 06:50 PM
    There are three balls in this picture that =6.In other words 3 6's(666)Add the other 3 balls that you can see the #'s together and you have the lucky # 13.Nothing good about this lottery.
  • by uncle Location: knuckle on Jul 11, 2011 at 06:50 PM
    What does(bernie madoff and incomin?...THE BIG PAY OUT SCAM!!!
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 11, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Don't tell Bev, she'll rob it some more.
  • by Dave Location: Beaufort Co on Jul 11, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    So how come teachers and teacher assistants are being laid off, class size is increasing and more students are failing? Could it be the money isn't going to the schools?
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      by Chuck WireWiggler on Jul 11, 2011 at 06:49 PM in reply to Dave
      dirty little lottery secret No.217: the lottery money was never planned to go above and beyond the planned budget. The money that gets plugged into the education budget from the lottery is money that legislature doesn't have to provide, allowing more money for them to blow.
  • by Lee on Jul 11, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    Let's just see how our education system improves...I'm sure most of it will be wasted, paying for un-needed top-ranking officials, who don't care, as long as their salary increases.

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