(WRAL) Since its inception, the North Carolina Education Lottery has brought in $2.45 billion for the state, including $457 million this year. However, $2.45 billion is not even a third of this year’s education budget. While the lottery is having an impact, it has become more of an education lifeline than a jackpot.
The WRAL Investigates team went through six state budgets to examine pre-kindergarten through high school spending and scholarships, both from the general fund and lottery revenue.
Ben Matthews, director of school support for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, says there’s a misconception about the lottery’s impact on the classroom. It’s just a fraction – between 4 and 5 percent – of the overall school budget this year, he said.
“There was never any conversation that the lottery would completely fund or totally solve the education needs in North Carolina,” Matthews said.
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