Tracking NC Education Lottery Dollars

The transfer earlier this month of 25.3 million dollars from the NC Education Lottery to the state brought the tally for the fiscal year to 410.8 million dollars.

The Lottery Act says 50 percent of proceeds is to be split between pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk four year-olds and class size reduction in the early grades, 40 percent to school construction and 10 percent to college scholarships.

Lottery officials say county by county breakdowns of where the money went this fiscal year won't be available until later this year.

Numbers from 2007-2008 fiscal year show just over $84-million dollars went to More-at-Four, close to $91-million went to class size reduction, $140-million for school construction, and close to $36-million for college scholarships.

Still, the lottery has been criticized as falling short of meeting education needs, and that the money simply replaces other dollars being shifted away from education.

Earlier this year, in the midst of the down economy, Governor Perdue used $87.6 million in lottery profits for the state's day-to-day operating accounts to pay bills.

The conservative John Locke Foundation criticized that move because the lottery was sold on the basis that it would only be used for education.

That transfer of funds by Perdue meant some counties weren't going to get the money they were counting on for projects already underway.

Tapping into lottery funds by Perdue has renewed discussion that a constitutional amendment is needed to make sure lottery funds are not used for any purpose other than education.

To look at the lottery dollars your county received and what they were used for in the 2007-2008 fiscal year, just click on the link below.

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  • by sick Location: of government on Aug 25, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    they are all crooks.
  • by Phil Location: North Carolina on Jun 12, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    I heard a commercial the other day of a school official bragging that they got a new cafeteria paid for with lottery money. Now they have a new eating venue for their illiterate children who probably can't count back the change from a ten dollar bill. OK, so I'm a little bit overzealous in making my point. But you get the picture, don't you? You can teach a child everything they need to know in a hut or on a grassy hillside as long as they have the books and a qualified teacher. Take a look at a childs bedroom lately? Doesn't seem to bother them much! So why would they have a problem eating in an outdated cafeteria. Seems the money for this cafeteria was spent to make the adults feel better about themselves. Seems to me we want our children to be smarter than we are. They will have to be able to run this country when they get older. The decisions they make will affect us in our old age. Think about it. Scary, isn't it?
  • by MR Location: 28445 on Feb 9, 2011 at 04:05 PM
    Lottery started out crooked. I suspect it stayed that way. That is why I don't play. I like to play the lotery just for fun. But it's no fun when yo know it is rigged.
  • by debbie Location: kann,nc on Aug 15, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    To Whom it may concern: I don't understand if the lottery is making so much money why are the laying off so many teachers when they know class rooms are getting larger and the teachers buy school supplies for children at there school out of their pocket and they don't make a large some of money but they love children and want to teach??? Why is North Carolina who said this was an educational Lottery from the start and if I don't understand about the teachers what about the children??
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on Jul 26, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    You can't blame the lottery on poor people spending thier last dime to try and win. Have you ever given any money to someone on the street begging to food money, just to watch them go into the store and buy a beer. People are going to do what they want with the money they have you can't stop them. Even if the lottery went away people will find a way to gamble their money away. You can't blame the lottery but blame the officials in charge. I've been to other states that have a lottery and it's funny they aren't having the problems this state is having. Look at our state govt. that is the problem. I would like to see the numbers of the people who voted them in how they would vote now.
  • by elvisisatrisk on Jul 21, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    The state of North Carolina uses over 60 percent of its tax revenues toward education. On top of that, they have the so called education lottery which has supposedly raked in several billion dollars. And still they cry that they do not have enough for education. Let me educate the NC politicans----cut the social programs that infest our schools, throw out 2/3 of the bureaucracy in school and college administrations and quit catering to illegals in the school system. Your coffers will overflow with education money. Quit behaving like people with the minds of children. Thank me very much!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 21, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    I will assume all this information was published by state lottery officials, now when will there be an independent audit?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    She steal millions from the "education lottery" so she can raise taxes billions for "education". And the state legislators let her. Remember this election time.
  • by Joe Location: Greenville on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    Governor Perdue, the perfect politician. Tell the people just what they want to hear, then do what you want legal or not. She is the poster child for it is all about herself. A kin to John Edwards. Trust me folks, I will look after you.
  • by Bill Location: Raleigh on Jul 21, 2009 at 10:51 AM
    The position created by the governor as CEO of education at a salary of 239,000.00 dollars a year, that was just cited as illegal, did that money come from the education lottery. I believe we already had a state superintendent at an annual salary of 169,000 dollars a year. We have 100 county superintentents at an average salary of 175,000.00 dollars a year. Folks there is plenty of money for education, just wasted as normal by the state government. Governor included. Please vote wisely next time.
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