NC lottery raises record-breaking $670M for education

— Officials with the North Carolina Education Lottery say record-breaking sales led to a record-breaking amount of money raised for education programs in the state. Earnings climbed 7.7 percent to $670 million.

Lottery ticket sales totaled $2.6 billion during fiscal year 2018, according to final but unaudited results.

Mark Michalko, the executive director of the lottery, said the record-breaking results reflect how much people in the state enjoy playing the lottery while giving to a good cause.

“The business of the lottery is to provide fun and fair games that deliver prizes that can make someone’s day, their week, or maybe change their life,” said Michalko. “North Carolinians choose how to spend their entertainment dollars. The lottery would not be setting these records if its games did not enjoy broad support across our state.”

The lottery daily averages show:

  • $7.1 million a day in sales
  • $4.5 million a day in prizes
  • $1.8 million a day raised for education

The biggest wins of the year were four $10 million top prizes in scratch-off games, officials said.