NC Lottery Sets Records For Sales, Education Funds

New weekly jackpot drawings and more retail locations helped North Carolina Education Lottery ticket sales increase by 10 percent last year compared to the year before.

The lottery said Monday sales grew to more than $1.4 billion during the 12 months ending June 30. The record sales helped send more than $419 million in net profits to education programs. That's also the highest annual transfer since the first tickets were sold in 2006.

The lottery began selling tickets for the multistate Mega Millions game in January, with drawings on Tuesday and Friday nights. North Carolina already participated in the Powerball drawings.

There was also a 4 percent increase in the number of locations where tickets are sold. The statewide total is nearly 6,300.


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  • by Joy Location: NC on Jul 22, 2010 at 03:40 AM
    A newspaper artical read that only 10% of the monies goes toward education. Education has a broad range. Who, What, Where, and When?
  • by Patttycakes Location: Greenville on Jul 20, 2010 at 07:07 AM
    Thats nice to hear, more money for the workers that have been stealing money from the lottery...
  • by Renee Location: Here on Jul 20, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    Where is this money going exactly!? And why have so many teachers lost their jobs? The state lied to us and we need to demand answers!! Everyone is lying to us and if we do not wake up & take a stand, we're not going to have a chance!!
  • by teacher on Jul 19, 2010 at 07:03 PM
    I don't know if anonymous is being funny or not but lottery funds do not go to teacher salaries. They're supposed to augment the education budget but that has never happened. The money goes to things like construction and upkeep.
  • by joe stroud on Jul 19, 2010 at 06:52 PM
    These sales are from prodominately from the poor. This seems to be ok for the Governor and the legislature but sweepstakes are portrayed as the son of satin.Go figure. You got to love political hypocrisy.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 at 06:13 PM
    So glad teachers saw some of that money instead of pay cuts in the form of step pay being frozen for two years now and health insurance deductibles going up across the boards... Oh, and all the other education cuts as well.
  • by DONTLIKETHESEODDS on Jul 19, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    Everywhere I go I see at least 3- 6's an a 13!24(2 4=6),15(1 5=6),42(4 2=6),7-1=6.#1 ball and#3 ball together is the lucky #13.But what the hey whats in a # or #'s!
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