NC lottery sales up 10 percent over last year

Posted by Megan Cassella on January 29, 2014 

The N.C. Education Lottery earned 10 percent more in the first six months of this fiscal year than it did in the same period last year.

That’s an extra $23 million, bringing the total money raised by the lottery at the end of December to $251 million for the first half of the fiscal year. The increase comes from a jump in both instant win and Megan Millions ticket sales.

Money from ticket sales go to the state’s education programs.

Alice Garland, executive director of the lottery, said in a press release that the goal is to exceed half a billion dollars in earnings for the first time.

“We know every dollar we raise is a dollar our education programs need right now,” she said.

The funds are put toward teacher salaries for grades K-3, school construction and repairs, and pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk 4-year-olds. Since it started in 2006, the lottery has transferred $3.19 billion to the state.

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