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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: M. Mark Michalko
Population North Carolina: 9,380,884
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Year Lottery Founded: August 2005 (first instant sold March 31, 2006)
Gross Sales FY 2018: $2,605,312,000
#Employees: 255
Retailers: 6,883
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.


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 Archive for CY2019
January 18, 2019 Lottery Partnership Brings New Computer Lab to Boys and Girls Club
January 9, 2019 Holiday Cash a “CLEAR” Winner for The North Carolina Education Lottery
January 9, 2019 Holiday Cash a “CLEAR” Winner for The North Carolina Education Lottery


News Archive for CY2018
August 23, 2018 NC Education Lottery Raises Most Money Ever in Single Year, $670 million
August 2, 2018 Former Moore County Commissioner Appointed to Lottery Commission
March 13, 2018 N.C. Education Lottery Commission Selects New Executive Director
March 5, 2018 North Carolina Education Lottery Hits $20 Billion Sales Record
February 13, 2018 Cash 5 Issue Results in 48 Players Getting $4 Less Than They Won
January 22, 2016 Lawmakers Split on Ways to Get More Lottery Money to Education


News Archive for CY2017
October 29, 2017 New Lottery Game, Carolina Keno, Starts Today in North Carolina
October 19, 2017 N.C. Education Lottery Trials Play at the Pump
October 16, 2017 New game, Carolina Keno, is Played Socially with Friends
October 11, 2017 Alice Garland to Retire as Executive Director of N.C. Education Lottery
October 4, 2017 Marine Corps Veteran Wins First “Extreme” $10 Million Prize
August 20, 2017 Court Affirms TTAB Refusal to Register ‘FIRST TUESDAY’ Trademark for NC Lottery
August 14, 2017 Former North Carolina Senator Named to Lottery Commission
August 2, 2017 Lottery Raises $622 Million for Education Programs in N.C.
May 31, 2017 Education Lottery Headquarters Opens in New Location Monday
May 12, 2017 Education Lottery Gives North Carolinians a Chance to “Dream a little”
March 29, 2017 Lottery Launches New Operating System
March 14, 2017 North Carolina Education Lottery Commission Votes to Offer KENO


News Archive for CY2016
October 7, 2016 Alice Garland: Security Measures in Place to Ensure Integrity, Fairness of Lottery Games
September 29, 2016 N.C. Education Lottery’s New Brand Signals New Era
September 14, 2016 Record $634 Million Earned for Education in North Carolina
August 11, 2016 North Carolina's Play at the Pump Lottery Tops $1 Million in Sales
August 2, 2016 Just in Time for football, Lottery Kicks-Off First Carolina Panthers Ticket
July 14, 2016 N.C. Education Lottery Earnings for Education Top $600 Million for First Time
June 17, 2016 SNAP Lottery Bill Heads to Senate
June 15, 2016 House Approves Anti-Fraud Initiative Lottery Bill
June 14, 2016 Scientific Games Wins North Carolina's Instant Game Business
June 7, 2016 House Bill Would Require Reporting of Lottery Winnings of More Than $2,250
May 10, 2016 Legislative Oversight Committee Has Recommended Doubling Lottery Advertising Revenue
April 26, 2016 N.C. Education Lottery Makes Record Transfer for Education
April 14, 2016 Legislators Back Proposal to Increase Lottery Ad Spend Cap
March 11, 2014 IGT Sign 10+-Year Agreement with the North Carolina Education Lottery to Provide a Wide Array of Lottery Technology and Ongoing Services
March 10, 2014 Lawmakers Discuss Options for Expanding Lottery Games
January 7, 2016 Lottery Names Companies to Handle Gaming Contracts
January 7, 2016 Panel Selects Vendors for NC Lottery Contracts
January 6, 2016 Griffin Takes Over as North Carolina Lottery Panel Chairman

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