The North Carolina Education Lottery is not living up to its name. The lottery needs fundamental changes in order to validate its necessity in our state.
The lottery, as it is now, doesn’t deserve the word “education” in its name. It is misleading and claims to serve a societal need that it’s increasingly failing to fulfill.
The proceeds raised from the lottery are supposed to help fund public education around North Carolina.
State law dictates that, “to the extent practicable,” at least 35 percent of the revenue go toward education.
But the amount of lottery revenue that actually goes to education has been falling. In 2007, 35 percent of the money made off of the lottery went to schools. In 2012, schools only received about 30 percent of the proceeds.