NC Lottery Bucks National Trend

North Carolina has bucked a national trend of lower spending on state-run gambling partly thanks to the surprise performance of a twice-daily game with low payouts.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that sales of the Pick 3 game have been strong despite the recession.

State lottery officials say they have been surprised by a sustained 40 percent increase in sales of tickets for the game since adding a second daily drawing in March 2008.

Players bought more than $200 million worth of tickets in the most recent fiscal year, an amount similar to spending on the big-payout Powerball.

The game costs just 50 cents or a dollar and lets gamblers pick three numbers they think will be drawn. The maximum win is $500.


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  • by agree with hmmm Location: eastern nc on Oct 13, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    I agree with hmmm and to add to it why did the nc schools have to lay of their teachers or get them to retire early because of budgit cut backs. come on nc goverment spread the wealth with our children in schools. spend the money that belongs to them and give them a reason to want to go school
  • by mom Location: nc on Oct 13, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    Do you really think people are going to stop buying lottery tickets? They'll choose the lottery over buying FOOD for their families.It's stupid.Where's all the money going?I thought it was suppose to be going to Education...THAT'S A JOKE if there's ever been one told.It's really sad that people are getting laid off from work every day, but they still choose to buy the stupid tickets.
  • by Hmmm.. on Oct 13, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    If our "education" lottery is doing so well, why are our schools falling apart? Shameful!
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