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North Carolina Education Lottery

Michael Michalko

North Carolina Education Lottery

Executive Director

2728 Capital Blvd., Suite 144 

Raleigh, NC 27604 


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History of 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 in October by two North Carolina-only games, Carolina Pick 3 and Carolina Cash 5. Carolina Pick 4 was added in April 2009, and Mega Millions in January 2010.

Lottery proceeds, 100 percent dedicated to education, go toward paying teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, and help keep class size as small as possible. Lottery funds also support school construction and transportation, need-based college scholarships and financial aid, and academic pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds.

While lottery funds have always bolstered 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.

Media Contact:

Van Denton


Total sales include actual sales of traditional lottery products and, where applicable, gross gaming revenues from eInstant lottery games, VLTs, casinos and sports betting.

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