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North Carolina Education Lottery
Address: 2100 YONKERS RD. RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA 27604-2255
Internet: http://www.nc-educationlottery.org
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
$1,421.33
$1,461.11
$1,596.69
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.


North Carolina Education Lottery

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 2015
March 31, 2015 Alice Garland: Lottery Beneficial to Education


News 2014
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 2013
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
December 31, 2012 New North Carolina Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets Launch Wednesday, Including $10 Game with $1 Million Prizes


News 2012
December 19, 2012 Sweepstakes Company Appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court for Stay of an Order Banning the Games
November 23, 2012 North Carolina Lottery Players Split Prize Pool 1,700 Ways
November 14, 2013 North Carolina  Education Lottery Netted $1.5B In Sales
November 13, 2012 Scratch-Offs Boost State Lottery Sales by $136 Million
October 27, 2012 North Carolina Education Lottery Sales Are Up Five Percent Over Last Year
October 15, 2012 State Supreme Court to Hear Arguments to Decide Fate of Video Sweepstakes
October 12, 2012 More People Playing South Carolina Lottery
August 13, 2012 Greenville Lottery Office Packed With Carolina Pick 4 Winners
August 4, 2012 Lottery Players On A Winning Streak
July 26, 2012 North Carolina Education Lottery Sets Records, Sees 33 Win $1 Million 
July 23, 2012 Deadline Nears For Some Lottery Claims
July 17, 2012 North Carolina Lottery Money Has Become An Education Lifeline
June 27, 2012 Bill to Tax Video Sweepstakes Cafes Stalls in N.C. Legislature
June 28, 2012 Education Lottery Transfers for Fiscal Year 2012 Ahead of Projections
June 20, 2012 Office of the State Auditor is Critical of the State Education Lottery
May 15, 2012 New Lottery Game Offers Chance To Win Six Prizes Of $1 Million
April 26, 2012 NC Education Lottery Gives $127M to Schools
April 24, 2012 New Lottery Game Features 3 Stooges
March 31, 2012 2011 County Lottery Sales Add Up To $85 Million
February 28, 2012 North Carolina Lottery Panel to Receive Keno Presentation
February 1, 2012 New Lottery Game Caters to NASCAR Fans


News 2011
November 26, 2011 Education Lottery Earns Responsible Gaming Certification
November 14, 2011 North Carolina Legislature Writes Tribal Officials on Gambling
November 1, 2011 N.C. Education Lottery Clarifies Question Concerning a Pick 6 Game
October 25, 2011 North Carolina Education Lottery Transfers $114.8 Million for Education
September 27, 2011 New Scratch-Off Lottery Games Begin Today
August 23, 2011 Sweepstakes Gaming Issues Ride on Appeals Court Rulings
August 9, 2011 North Carolina Lottery Considering In-Store Jackpot Signs
July 25, 2011 Lottery Launches Three New Instant-Win Games
July 12, 2011 Authorities Arrest Store Clerk Accused of Taking More Than $10K in Lottery Tickets
July 11, 2011 N.C. Lottery Ticket Sales Rise To $1.46B
June 29, 2011 Lottery Contributed $2B in Five Years to Education
June 8, 2011 Senate Committee Approves Nomination of Former Lawmaker to Lottery Commission
May 9, 2011 Lottery Sales Strong
March 31, 2011 State Lottery Offers Round Two of Flair
March 27, 2011 Bill Would Change How Lottery Money is Allocated
March 28, 2011 Lottery Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
March 14, 2011 NCEL Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with New $10 Ticket
February 25, 2011 N.C. Education Lottery Adds Drawings in Two North Carolina Games
February 21, 2011 Education Lottery Creates Online Site for Players Called Lucke-Zone
February 7, 2011 Lottery Asks for Video Gaming Information
February 5, 2011 New Report Urges Elimination of State-Run Lottery
January 25, 2011 Education Lottery Transfers $124.3 Million to State
January 18, 2011 N.C. Education Lottery Commission Picks New Executive Director

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