North Carolina Education Lottery raises a record-setting $708 million for education

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“This performance demonstrates how much Tar Heels love their lottery,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the Education Lottery. “North Carolinians get the chance to win prizes from fun games ranging from scratch-off tickets to Powerball. Along the way, a lot of money is raised for education, the good causes that our lottery serves.”

 

DATE: JULY 31, 2019

CONTACT: VAN DENTON

PHONE: (919) 301-3308, (919) 650-9409

  

Education Lottery raises a record-setting $708 million for education

− Also sets new sales record for 13th year in a row − 

RALEIGH – The N.C. Education Lottery raised the most money ever for education programs in fiscal year 2019, setting a new record of $708.3 million.

 The Education Lottery also increased its sales for the 13th year in a row with ticket sales climbing to $2.86 billion at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, up 9.8 percent from the year before, according to final but unaudited results.

 “This performance demonstrates how much Tar Heels love their lottery,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the Education Lottery. “North Carolinians get the chance to win prizes from fun games ranging from scratch-off tickets to Powerball. Along the way, a lot of money is raised for education, the good causes that our lottery serves.”

 The sales rank the Education Lottery as one of the top sales and marketing organizations in North Carolina. Daily averages show:

  • $7.8 million a day in sales.
  • $5 million a day in prizes.
  • $1.9 million a day raised for education.

 The additional dollars support education programs in all 100 counties of the state, as determined each year by legislators in the state budget. This year, the additional dollars helped:

  • Build and repair schools.
  • Make college more affordable through scholarships and grants based on financial need.
  • Support school systems by covering the costs of school workers and transportation.
  • Provide a free academic preschool to four-year-olds. 

The lottery’s performance continues its record of increasing sales every year of its operations. A recent performance audit described the lottery’s performance in the U.S. lottery industry as “exceptional” and praised its prudent “costs-benefit approach” to monitoring its expenses.

 

Retailers across the state earned $199 million in commissions from lottery ticket sales, $17 million more than the year before. With 7,049 retail locations, the commissions play an important role in the state’s retail economy.

 At the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the lottery’s total contribution since inception in March 2006 exceeded $6.6 billion.

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Van Denton
Director of Communications

Brand Management & Communications 

2728 Capital Blvd. Suite 144, Raleigh, NC 27604

919.301.3308 919.650.9409

 

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