Fiscal Year 2023 Total
That’s how much of the money raised by the lottery went to education programs in Gaston County last year. Elected officials in the state legislature decide how to best use the money provided to the state by the lottery each year.
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, 398 children in Gaston County received a free, academic pre-school experience last year.
Lottery funds help college students get learning that lasts a lifetime. Lottery funds provide scholarships based on financial need to help students cover the costs of attending a state university or community college in North Carolina. Last year, 470 scholarships went to Gaston County students scholarships.
A second way that the lottery helps make college affordable is through the UNC Need-Based Grant Program. The money supports grants to help students cover the costs of attending a state university within the UNC system. Last year, 829 grants went to Gaston County students.
It takes a team to make schools work. Lottery funds helped support the operations of public and charter schools, including the costs of support staff such as office assistants, custodians and substitute teachers.
Just like students need a place to learn, they also need a safe way to get to school. Money raised by the lottery helps cover costs for school-provided transportation, like bus drivers’ salaries, fuel, and other related costs. Last year, Gaston County received over $305,136 to help cover the cost of school transportation.
Supported school construction and repair and renovation projects. Every dollar raised by the lottery is one less that must come from other sources such as property taxes.