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.
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“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.