Where The Money Goes

beneficiary teacher

$3 billion dollars raised for education over the last seven years can make us all feel proud. Together, North Carolinians have added classrooms, funded Pre-K programs, helped kids pay for college and kept more teachers teaching. In the lottery’s last fiscal year, $478 million dollars were contributed to the more than $10 billion provided to education from the state's General Fund. Lottery funds are a small but important part of the state money to support education in North Carolina.

“We’re pleased to have these funds available to students who need help with the costs of higher education and very appreciative that lottery revenues are there to fill in where tax dollars and other funds aren’t available.”
- Steve Brooks, Executive Director,
State Education Assistance Authority

Education Programs Receiving Lottery Dollars

Lottery funds have always supported specific education initiatives in all North Carolina counties. Each year in the state budget, our legislature can adjust how lottery dollars are allocated. Changes for the fiscal year 2014 budget went into effect on July 1, 2013.

“Receiving the NCEL scholarship will help me cross the finish line in a lifelong goal. This 33-year-old mother of two is so thankful for this chance you have given me.”
- Leah Cameron, a math and secondary education
major at UNC-Charlotte who hopes to become,
a high school athletic director one day.

See How Your County Has Benefited

To see how lottery funds have benefited education in your community, click on the map below. You can see how much money your county has received and the programs that have been funded.

“As one of the fastest growing states in the nation, North Carolina is seeing a yearly increase in the number of students in our public school system. The revenues from the Education Lottery are helping counties throughout the state keep pace with this increased enrollment, either by building new schools or expanding existing facilities.”
- David F. Thompson,
Executive Director, N.C. Association
of County Commissioners

Lottery Raises Money For A Good Cause

It’s good to know that all of the earnings of the North Carolina Education Lottery go to education and that earnings for education have increased each year. Earnings have grown because more and more people enjoy playing the lottery and winning prizes. People play lotteries to win prizes and to help raise money for good causes. This year, for every dollar you spent on a lottery game, about 28 cents will go to support important education programs in North Carolina.

Earnings To Education

Earnings to Education

“I appreciate what the lottery does for education and I think about it a lot. It means a lot that when people buy tickets, someone down the street could get an education from it.”
- Michael Pepper of Statesville
Lottery player who won $1 million playing Powerball.
He used part of his winnings to pay off his wife’s student loans.

Distribution of Revenue Chart

Annual Contributions to Education

Each year, the Fiscal Research Division of the N.C. General Assembly provides a report that summarizes how lottery funds were distributed to education programs in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties. The NCEL uses the report to produce beneficiary brochures and to update county information on the interactive map (above).

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