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Lottery dollars helping to build new campus in Jones County

August 27, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:09 PM

A new school construction fund supported with money raised by the lottery helps small, rural communities build the schools their students deserve.

Jones Senior High (JSH) students returning to school this week will see a new $46 million campus under construction next door that will soon house new, state-of-the-art classrooms for pre-k-5, middle school, and high school students.

The new campus, scheduled to open a year from now, provides an example of how money raised by the lottery is going to work to help small, rural counties secure the money they need to build new schools. A grant of $15 million in lottery funds will cover about a third of the costs of the new campus. About 60 percent of students in the county will attend school there.

Joy Wynne, a graduate of JSH, and her daughter, a rising sophomore at JHS, are both excited and ready for the opportunities a new school will bring.

“As a parent,” said Joy. “You always want better for your child. This new school will provide a 21st century learning environment for our children and better prepares them for the life after Jones County. The future is now, and now we will be ready.”

This year, $217 million raised by the lottery will help build and repair schools all across the state. Whether you prefer the thrill of a scratch-off or the anticipation of a draw game, your fun makes a difference for our state’s future.

If you have a child returning to school, or if you are returning to school yourself, we wish you the best of luck and welcome back! 


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9/02/2018 10:01 - charles m.

Why do the lottery discriminate Against blacks so a freedom Of speech I encourage all African Americans to stop playing the lottery And save your money. NC Lottery
Hi Charles, Winners win prizes randomly in both draw games and scratch-off tickets regardless of who they are or where they live. The lottery is open to anyone who makes the choice to play.

9/02/2018 09:54 - charles m.

Yeah Google the population Of whites in Jones co. Oppose to blacks.

8/29/2018 04:54 - IDA R.

Happy for them but my question is how are the funds distributed to school districts. What criteria has to be met? I live in the Halifax county area of NC and our elementary school is in need of funds and every school year the students and parents are responsible for much of the supplies for the classroom. It just seems kind of strange that these smaller counties and high poverty areas are not receiving any of these funds. I play lottery daily and I would just like to see our school system reap some of those benefits.NC Lottery
Hi Ida, The money raised by the lottery is distributed by county. Since the lottery began, Halifax County has received $28.5 million in lottery funds. You can read more details about what is being funded in Halifax County here:

8/28/2018 01:07 - Chris J.

Great photo op, but we need to write in a law, that uses only American made materials and American labor. S Carolina just complained that with the new tariffs on Chinese made steal would break their budget. American made steal should have been in the budget to began with.Every school I attended was built more than 70 years ago and some are still in use today.Schools built today will not last without millions of dollar upgrades every 10 to 20 years. Seems they all want to play the stadium game. Build it right to began with and it will save use all money in the long run.

8/28/2018 11:11 - George H.

If That Is What It Looks Like,That's Cool.Where Is Jones County Located?NC Lottery
Hey George, Jones County is located in eastern North Carolina, about an hour south of Greenville.

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