As you play your favorite lottery games this week, join us in a celebration of National Lottery Week.
Lottery Week begins today for lotteries across the United States and Canada and celebrates the contributions they make to the communities they serve. Since the lottery began in North Carolina, it has raised more than $9 billion.
Lotteries in the U.S. exist to ensure games of chance are operated fairly and responsibly and to raise money for good causes.
Here in North Carolina, the lottery raises about $2.5 million a day. Those dollars might pay for a four-year-old to go to an academic preschool, or build a new school, or even help pay for someone to go to college.
A look at the numbers show how popular lotteries are in North America.
In fiscal year 2021, lotteries in North America generated sales of over $105.2 billion, resulting in more than $28.1 billion for their beneficiaries. In North Carolina, lottery sales that same year totaled $3.8 billion, resulting in $936 million for education programs in the state.
Lotteries also team up with responsible gambling groups to educate their retailers and consumers to encourage safe, responsible play. Your lottery holds the highest certification in the world for responsible gaming and our Play Smart program is here to help you keep your play fun. Along with Play Smart, we also provide $1 million a year to the N.C. Problem Gambling Program that helps anyone with a gambling problem.
The best parts about a lottery are the games and the prizes.
This month, Powerball players can join a promotion
where eight North Carolinians will win trips to Times Square on New Year’s Eve. One lucky trip winner will be entered into a drawing to win $1 million and become the first Powerball Millionaire of the Year. Last week, a 67-year-old retired certified nursing assistant from Montgomery County became the first $2 million winner
in the lottery’s Bigger $pin Live Event.
Prizes like those added up to $2.46 billion last year, or on average $6.7 million a day.
Now that’s something to celebrate.
Good luck during National Lottery Week!
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