$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 state’s $10 billion education budget. 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
- 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 spend
on a lottery game, about 28 cents will go to support important education
programs in North Carolina.
Earnings To Education
As of September 30, 2013, the N.C. Education Lottery’s total contribution to education and the state exceeded $3 billion. The chart does not include earnings from the first three months of lottery operations in FY2006 and quarterly transfers to the state made in fiscal year 2014.
“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).
In August 2005, the North Carolina State Lottery Act (H. 1023) and the 2005
Appropriations Act (S. 622) was signed into law, which established the North
Carolina Education Lottery. View Legislation.
The State Lottery Act, prescribes guidelines as to how each lottery dollar will
be spent. The guidelines direct the N.C. Education Lottery Commission to
allocate revenues “in order to increase and maximize the available revenues
for education purposes.”