Winning for Education

Teachers, parents, mentors, and peers contribute to each individual's academic journey. Last year, $634 million in lottery funds played a positive role across North Carolina in support of specific programs. Here’s how the money made a difference.

Getting a Strong Start

Being ready to learn helps kids get the most out of school. The N.C. Pre-K program serves four-year-old children who are at risk of falling behind their peers as they prepare for kindergarten. Thanks to lottery funds, 14,152 children across the state were provided a free, academic pre-school experience last year.

Foundations for Success

Students need space to learn. And last year, local school districts received a total of $100 million in lottery funds for school construction and repair. This helps meet needs that otherwise would have to be paid for by alternative means such as property taxes. Local officials decide the best use of the construction funds they receive.

Learning for a Lifetime

Lottery funds provide scholarships based on financial need to help students attend a state university or community college. Last year, 27,945 students in our state received scholarships. A second way that the lottery helps make college affordable is through the UNC Need-Based Grant Program. Last year, 51,769 students received grants.

Providing for Schools’ Needs

It takes a team to make a school work. Last year more than $310 million in lottery funds were made available to support the operations of public and charter schools, including the costs of support staff such as office assistants, custodians and substitute teachers.

Benefits in Every County

Ever wanted to know exactly how lottery funds make a difference where you live? Choose your county from the drop-down menu or click on your county on the map to find out.

A Decade of Earnings for Education

Thanks to steady growth in sales, education programs have received more support from lottery funds each year for 10 years.


Earnings to Education

History of Lottery Fund Assignment

Each year in the state budget, the legislature can adjust which programs receive funds raised by the lottery. This is an overview of how the assignment formula has changed over time.

History of Lottery Fund Assignment

Summary of County Distributions

The Fiscal Research Division of the N.C. General Assembly provides an annual report summarizing lottery fund distribution to education programs in every county. The lottery uses the report to produce beneficiary brochures and to update county information on our website.

FY '16 Beneficiary Summary

Supporting Specific Programs

Over time, more than $4.6 billion in lottery funds have been directed by elected officials to support different education programs, including paying for the salaries of teachers and teacher assistants, as well as digital learning initiatives.

Here’s how the funds were used last year:

distribution pie chart
Efficiently Earning Money for Education
Operating efficiently has helped the lottery raise more money for education every year since 2006. Last year less than 1% of revenue was spent on salaries and benefits.

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