You Ask, We Answer: How the Education Lottery plays into school funding

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Some viewers e-mailed 9 On Your Side to ask how funds from the Education Lottery play into the state budget.

A lottery spokesman said it’s required every quarter to turn over its proceeds to the General Assembly. Lawmakers then determine how much lottery money will go into various education programs.

However, only 26 cents of every dollar spent on the lottery goes to education. The Education Lottery says it chose 26 cents while devoting 62 cents to prize money to attract more customers and raise revenue.

Gene and Lynn Jones were two viewers who asked 9 On Your Side about the education lottery’s funding. They said 26 cents is way too low.

“I don’t accept that. That is not an acceptable amount,” Lynn Jones said. “To me, it should be at least half or three quarters because them students and them teachers need what they need.”

A lottery spokesman said it raised half a billion dollars for education programs last year, but the total education budget for the state is around $11 billion.

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