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$43 million raised by lottery helped kids go to college

March 28, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:00 AM

As students prepare to collect their diplomas this spring, many will be graduating with the help of scholarships and grants that made the costs of their going to college more affordable.

That help last year included $43 million raised by the N.C. Education Lottery and provided to students across our state based on financial need.

Some of the help came as N.C. Education Lottery scholarships – 26,341 of them in all. They went to students at all state universities and all community colleges across the state.

Check out these numbers at some of our universities:

  • 2,213 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • 1,748 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • 1,735 at East Carolina University
  • 1,038 at Western Carolina University
  • 977 at N.C. A&T State University
  • 708 at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke

And check out these numbers at some of our state community colleges:

  • 1,188 at Wake Technical Community College
  • 971 at Central Carolina Community College
  • 740 at Guilford Technical Community College
  • 526 at Cape Fear Community College
  • 470 at Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • 458 at Forsyth Technical Community College
  • 292 Asheville Buncombe Technical College

Other help came from financial aid grants to students attending one of our state universities. In all, 51,613 grants were awarded and money from the lottery helped with each one.

Want to know how many scholarships and grants helped students in your county? Check out our Education pages at Just click on your county on our map of the state.

Every year since the lottery started 16 years ago, part of the money raised has gone to making college more affordable.

Add it all up and it totals more than $600 million - $436 million for scholarships and $166 million for financial aid grads. When you play the lottery, you're helping North Carolinians go to college.

We’re proud to do our part in making our students’ dreams of going to college come true.


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7/14/2022 12:11 - Monique B.

Wow... I never knew the NC Lottery funds scholarships.... Go Lottery

4/20/2022 02:43 - Herm L.

how does one apply for scholarship? I have two grandaughters that are honor students They both graduate this year. One lives in Snow Camp, the other in Charlotte. one is going to High Point. The other hs not decided yet. plese send me information to apply. send by mail as my printer is broken. Thank you for your assistance in our educational system. stay safe and healthyNC Lottery
Hey there, Herm! That is so exciting to hear about your granddaughters - congratulations to them both on their graduations! As for the NC Lottery scholarships, the great news is they don't need to do anything additional to apply - they are automatically considered for the scholarship when they complete their FAFSA! Although, the scholarships are only awarded to those attending public schools, so unfortunately High Point University, a private school, would not qualify. Hope this helps to clarify!

4/05/2022 03:27 - Priscilla H.

I love playing the online games and entering the different drawings.

3/29/2022 09:47 - Eugene H.

Were there any recipients from out of state? Is the recipient list published? This is public money so the public needs to know where it is going.NC Lottery
This is a great question, Eugene! We don't have the information on hand about scholarship recipients, but you can submit a public information request to and they will be able to provide more info on this!

3/29/2022 08:31 - Robert F.

Fantastic, all young people deserve the opportunity of an education.

3/28/2022 12:08 - Herman S.

Team NCEL, please confirm the number entries in the 2022 Multiply the Cash & Baller Bucks promotions.NC Lottery
Hi, Herman! Our most recent reports show that we've received 36,355,370 entries for our 2022 Multiply the Cash drawing #1, and 5,503,859 entries for our Baller Bucks drawing. Good luck!!

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