The fun things about lottery games is you get the chance to win prizes and along the way you help raise money for a good cause.
We’re pleased to report that thanks to your play we raised the most money ever, $729.8 million, for education programs in our state. Those programs need our support more than ever so it was good we met and exceeded our goal.
Not only did we set a record for raising money, but we also spent the most money ever on the prizes that you won. Over the year, the lottery spent $1.9 billion on prizes, or about $5.4 million a day on average.
What games did you all play the most? Like always, scratch-offs proved to be your favorite, based on overall sales. Next came Carolina Pick 3, Carolina Pick 4, Powerball, and finally Mega Millions.
Those sales raised on average $2 million a day for education. The money raised helped:
Build and repair schools.
Make college more affordable through scholarships and grants based on financial need.
Support school systems with the costs of school workers and transportation.
Support the NC Pre-K, a free academic prekindergarten program for at-risk four-year-olds.
Every county in our state benefits from the money we raise. You can see how your county benefits on our Education page here. Just click on your county from the map or use the pull down menu to select your county’s name.
It’s been more than 14 years since your lottery started. If you added up the amount of money raised every year since then, it would total $7.3 billion.
That money has done a lot of good.
We’ve got lots more fun coming your way this year. Good luck.
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