GREENSBORO, NC -- We get calls in the 2WTK office daily. Just recently, Florence called our office and left this message, "I've been wondering where the education lottery money goes..." .
Good question, because every year, it's a little different. the legislature can adjust how lottery dollars are allocated. This year's breakdown includes 63% to be used for non-instructional support personnel-- that means no teachers-- 17% on school construction and 13% on Pre-K.
So now you know what they can spend the lottery money on. Let's look at how much money they have to spend.
On the NC Education Lottery's website it reads, "Lottery funds are a small but important part of the state money to support education in North Carolina."
For example, in Guilford County, the lottery gave GCS $5,098,106 for the 2015-2016 school year.
The district's budget for the year was almost $692,924,602. The Education Lottery money accounted for about 4% of the budget.
The lottery has an interactive map you can use to see the amount of lottery funds given to counties in your area. Scroll down on the page until you see the map. You just click on the county or type in the name and it will bring up a fact sheet.
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