Your lottery just completed its latest year of business and can report a record amount raised for education - $936 million – thanks to your play.
But that wasn’t the only record set. We also paid out more money in prizes than ever before. From those tickets you brought, $2.4 billion went right back to you in prizes. On average, players received $6.7 million a day in prizes.
Looking back at some of the fun of the year, we started our new Fast Play games last fall; saw life-changing jackpots, including a $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot in January; and delivered an array of fun scratch-offs to stores.
So which games were the most popular? Based on sales, here are the Top 5:
- Carolina Pick 3
- Carolina Pick 4
- Mega Millions
For every dollar spent on the lottery, here’s a breakdown of how that money was used:
- 65 cents went to prizes.
- 24 cents were the earnings for education, adding up to $936 million.
- 7 cents went to retailers as commissions for selling tickets
- 4 cents covered the lottery’s business expenses.
Most of the money raised for education went right to work and supported last year education programs in all 100 counties. That money helped:
- Build new schools and repair and improve existing ones.
- Make college more affordable through scholarships and grants based on financial need.
- Support all school systems with the costs of school workers and transportation.
- Provide a free academic prekindergarten program for at-risk four-year-olds in the NC Pre-K program.
You can see how the money makes a difference in your community on our website at https://nclottery.com/Education. Or you can pick up a brochure that shows the benefits of our state having a lottery the next time you are in a store.
Congratulations to all the prize winners, big and small. And thanks for helping to raise money for a great cause.
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