A lot of state residents ask “Where is the lottery money going?” when talks about education funding arise. Since it’s inception in 2006, the NC Education Lottery has raised over 4.6 billion for education in the state. This year marks the 10th anniversary the lottery has been in North Carolina.
In Jackson County, the lottery has given 9.5 million dollars for education.
70 teacher salaries have been covered and for fiscal year 2015, $263,791 in lottery funds were allocated to Jackson County to pay for the salaries of teachers’ assistants.
More than $2,609,131 raised by the lottery for school construction in Jackson County meets needs that otherwise would have to be paid for with local property taxes. Local officials decide how to spend the money.
The N.C. Pre-K Program serves children at risk of falling behind their peers as they start kindergarten. More than $1,420,233 in lottery funds have paid for 250 four-year-olds in Jackson County to prepare for success.
College students who qualify for federal Pell Grants in Jackson County have received 891 lottery scholarships. More than$1,008,372 in lottery funds have been used for tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies.
Lottery funds have also supplied 1310 grants to college students attending state universities within the UNC system who qualify for UNC need-based financial aid. Those students have used more than $432,420 to help pay for the cost of their education.