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North Carolina Education Lottery
Address: 2100 YONKERS RD. RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA 27604-2255
Phone: (919) 715-6886
Fax: (919) 715-8833
Executive Director: Alice D. Garland
Population North Carolina: 9,380,884
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Year Lottery Founded: August 2005 (first instant sold March 31, 2006)
Sales FY 2006:
Sales FY 2007:
Sales FY 2008:
Sales FY 2009:
Sales FY 2010:
Sales FY 2011:
Sales FY 2012:
$225.77 million
$889.32 million
$1,078.18 million
$1,293.11 million
On-line Vendor: GTECH Corporation
January 31, 2006 March 30, 2017
Instant Ticket Vendor: GTECH Corporation
January 31, 2006 March 30, 2017
Advertising Contract: Trone
January 13, 2010 January 12, 2013
Proceeds: Under the lottery legislation,100 percent of the net proceeds of the North Carolina Education Lottery goes to education programs.
Games Offered: Pick 3, Pick 4, Cash 5, Powerball, Mega Millions.

The North Carolina Education Lottery was created in August 2005 when the State Lottery Act was signed into law. It established a nine-member Lottery Commission to initiate, supervise and administer the lottery. Four instant games were offered when ticket sales began on March 30, 2006. The Lottery’s first draw game was Powerball, and sales began on May 30, 2006.
It was followed by two North Carolina-only games in October, Carolina Pick 3 and Carolina Cash 5. Carolina Pick 4 was added in April 2009, and Mega Millions in January 2010. These five games make up the current draw offerings. In addition, more than 60 instant games are on the market at any given time.
Lottery proceeds, 100 percent dedicated to education, help pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3 to keep class size as small as possible, school construction, need-based college scholarships and financial aid, and academic pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds.
While lottery funds have always supported specific education initiatives in all 100 North Carolina counties, changes to the way those funds are allocated went into effect July 1, 2011. The legislature may now adjust how lottery dollars are allocated each year in the state budget.

News Archive for CY2016
May 10, 2016 Legislative Oversight Committee Has Recommended Doubling Lottery Advertising Revenue
April 26, 2016 N.C. Education Lottery Makes Record Transfer for Education
April 14, 2016 Legislators Back Proposal to Increase Lottery Ad Spend Cap
March 11, 2014 IGT Sign 10+-Year Agreement with the North Carolina Education Lottery to Provide a Wide Array of Lottery Technology and Ongoing Services
March 10, 2014 Lawmakers Discuss Options for Expanding Lottery Games
January 7, 2016 Lottery Names Companies to Handle Gaming Contracts
January 7, 2016 Panel Selects Vendors for NC Lottery Contracts
January 6, 2016 Griffin Takes Over as North Carolina Lottery Panel Chairman

News Archive for CY2015
November 3, 2015 N.C. Lottery Officials Pick New Headquarters
October 2, 2015 Education Lottery Set Two New Sales Records
September 22, 2015 Winners of Largest Scratch-Off Prize in Ultimate Millions Game
September 18, 2015 Final Budget Shows No Change to Lottery Advertising Budget
September 4, 2015 North Carolina’s First Scented Ticket – ‘BBQ Bucks’ – Smells Like Smoky BBQ
September 4, 2015 The Making of a Scented Scratch Ticket
August 24, 2015 Lawmakers Look to Expand Lottery Options
July 31, 2015 Earnings for education hit $522 million in fiscal year 2015
June 6, 2015 North Carolina Education Lottery Request for Proposals #LC-000050 Instant Ticket Printing and Related Services
June 2, 2015 New game offers North Carolinians four chances at ‘King’s Ransom’ of $200,000
May 4, 2015 New “Mayhem” games packed with 150,000 prizes ranging from $50 to $1 million
March 31, 2015 Alice Garland: Lottery Beneficial to Education

News Archive for CY2014
Sept 5, 2014 All or Nothing Game to be a Hit with Players
August 4, 2014 New scratch-off Games Give Lottery Players an Instant Chance at a jackpot
July 1, 2014 Lottery earns more than half a billion for education
June 19, 2014 Lottery Can’t Meet Extra Profits House Sought in Its State Budget
June 12, 2014 House Budget Adjustments Punt on Lottery Sales
April 24, 2014 N.C. Education Lottery transfers $125.6 million for Education
April 14, 2014 Senate Committee to Discuss New Lottery Bill That Would Strengthen State Lottery Ad Requirements
February 3, 2014 Scratch-off game on sale Tuesday adds new ‘Back Scratch’ feature
February 3, 2014 Scratch-off game on sale Tuesday adds new ‘Back Scratch’ feature
January 24, 2014 Education Lottery Increases Earnings in First Half of Year

News Archive for CY2013
December 5, 2013 Lottery works to Allay Retailers Fears over Subscription Service
December 3, 2013 Lottery’s New Subscription Service Begins Thursday
November 15, 2013 Appointments to N.C. Education Lottery Commission
October 16, 2013 Sales are Surging for the North Carolina Education Lottery
September 13, 2013 Lottery Commission expresses concern with new law directing proceeds
September 12, 2013 Education Lottery to Offer New Subscription Service for Players
August 22, 2013 Lottery Earns Recognition for Accountability and Transparency
July 8, 2013 Education Lottery Contributes $461.3 Million to Education
June 22, 2013 Education is the Winner as Far as the Lottery Goes
April 28, 2013 Lottery Contributes Significantly to States Education Budget
April 23, 2013 Quads Are a Big Hit
March 19, 2013 Audit Finds Lottery Performance Exceptional
March 13, 2013 NC Lottery Ad Restrictions Approved by House Panel
March 6, 2013 House Panel Decides Lottery Can Keep "Education" in Its Name, at Least for Now
March 3, 2013 Lucky Week for North Carolina Lottery Players
January 31, 2013 Bill To Ban Welfare Recipients From Lottery Pulled
January 23, 2013 GOP Lawmaker Wants to Block Lottery Sales to Those on Public Assistance
January 7, 2013 Officials Announce Plans to Start Enforcing the Ban on Sweepstakes Machines from January 14


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