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Answered: “Where Does the NC Education Lottery Money Go?”

Sen. Jeff Jackson
Oct 28, 2019 · 1 min read

I get a lot of questions about how we spend the lottery money. Here’s a quick breakdown.

It’s about $600 million per year.

Originally, the money went four places: Pre-K, teacher pay, school construction, and college scholarships.

In the last few years, there’s been a major shift away from funding teachers and toward funding support personnel, which mainly includes teacher assistants but also includes staff such as counselors, psychologists, and nurses.

Why the shift? Because fundin g priorities have shifted away from public education and we almost eliminated all of our teachers assistants a few years ago. Paying them with lottery funds — instead of using those funds to hire more teachers — became the stop-gap solution.

In other words, instead of using the lottery to supplement education funding, we’re using it to supplant funding. And just to state the obvious, no, that’s not at all what was promised when we first passed the lottery.

Originally, the money went four places: Pre-K, teacher pay, school construction, and college scholarships. In the last few years, there’s been a major shift away from funding teachers and toward…

Education Lottery Funding

NC Education Lottery
The net proceeds of the North Carolina Education Lottery go to education expenses, including reduced class size in early grades, academic prekindergarten programs, school construction, and scholarships for needy college and university students. See how much each county receives in lottery funding: www.nclottery.com/Education

About 30 percent of lottery revenue goes to education. Even if the NC Education lottery gave 100 percent of its revenue to schools, that would only cover about 19 percent of the state’s total budget for K-12 public schools.

NC Education Lottery The net proceeds of the North Carolina Education Lottery go to education expenses, including reduced class size in early grades, academic prekindergarten programs, school construction, and scholarships for needy college and university students. See how much each county receives in lottery funding: www.nclottery.com/Education