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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Education Lottery sold its first tickets seven years ago this month.

But does seven signal the end of the lottery’s luck with state government?

Members of the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory are interested in scaling back or altering how or how much the lottery advertises.

McCrory called out the lottery during his recent State of the State address, arguing the lottery commission had large administrative costs and that the lottery was “frankly annoying.” He said he wanted to earmark more money toward school technology.

A bill scheduled for House debate this week that would delete the name “education” from the lottery and tweak advertising.

Lottery supporters say the changes could decrease ticket sales and net proceeds for education initiatives.

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2015 years 10 months ago

By law cannot spend more than 1% of its budget on advertising, and our lottery seems to be running better than most:


So the McCrory/legislative bill to change the lottery is suspicious.
Taking education off the title scares me.
Another Perdue loan perhaps?


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2015 years 10 months ago

Vog…here’s a hypothetical question:
Do “You” (one that would be a good candidate for Mayor of Wilmywood) think that if a signed survey was done, and showed that the present lottery ticket buyers would back down from purchasing tickets “If” the funds were altered in any way…would that stop this Carpetbagger Act idea of the new Gov? There’s still the SC/GA/Tenn/VA borders near by.
With the word “Education” removed…a reduction in support funding would soon follow.

Yes…it’s suspicious…and “Right in Your Face” kinda politics. The funds they then would take, would be used for feathering politicians pockets in all kinda realms…no doubt. If history has told us anything…politicians “Now” boldly tell you what they will do…and do it regardless of public disapproval. We have a Mayor + Council as prime examples, right Cheer in Wilmywood!

2015 years 10 months ago

I don’t believe he’s referring to just advertising. The head of the Lottery Commission brings down something like $350,000 per year. The next 2 in line bring down something like $500,000 between them.

Throw in State bennies and state cars; that’s a significant expense; perhaps merited in the first couple of years; but should not be necessary now that it is up and running.

Throw in a gaggle of “territory” personnel who travel to all the retail sites; pull down $50K to $60K each plus state cars & bennies.

There is a lot of fat in the pot.

I do agree and have promoted the notion the state does not need to advertise the lottery.

And the loophole which allows Governors to divert funds to pet projects should be closed firmly.

2015 years 10 months ago

Since most republicans claim the lottery was rammed through while democrats were in power why don’t they get rid of it altogether and be done with it and no changes of any kind will be needed or is it a benefit to the schools after all.

2015 years 10 months ago

You think I would follow in the fine footsteps of my predecessors?
My hair is falling out – I don’t have Billies “poofy-do”.

If TV adds 15 lbs to your appearance I’d never make it on to a local news show.

I’m so ugly I’d make a Westminister Dog show reject look like the next Azalea Queen.

No – I’m not cut out to be a politician.
They’re handsome, they ooze charm, they make love to the TV camera.

Heck I’d name Scott Pickey to be my press secretary -give him an outlandish salary and guaranteed pension.

Well, maybe not that……..


2015 years 10 months ago

Vog, Pickey might actually do a good job as a spin doctor for you (in a Jerry Springer kind of way). My only advice is that you have a written policy on conformity with traffic laws.

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2015 years 10 months ago

“My hair is falling out – I don’t have Billies “poofy-do”….

Well…as Donnie Brasco said…”Fah-gitta Bought It”….
Don’t worry about thinning hair Vog…you can get a toupee and go about your business in City Hall…we won’t mind.
Billie has a toupee on…but he didn’t do as Moe used to say to Curly…Here’s Proof what was told to him many times!


2015 years 10 months ago

In any government agency you will find some fat to cut.
As for advertising? Locked in at 1% isn’t so bad. This is a business that sells something so I would assume advertising to be “the norm”.
I would not miss it if it disappeared
But according to NC GS 18C-162. Allocation of revenues.

“No more than eight percent (8%) of the total annual revenues, as described in this Chapter, shall be allocated for payment of expenses of the Lottery.
Advertising expenses shall not exceed one percent (1%) of the total annual revenues.”

I think it’s pretty effectively run with an 8% cost structure?
Oh and take alook at this:

Executive director $197,535 annual salary.
Unless you’re talking about one of the 9(?) appointees on the lottery commission 5 of whom are appointed by the gov and 4 by the house and senate leaders. (Tillis name is on two of them)
These are legislative and administrative plum positions doled out by both branches of government, both parties too.

Where’s our jobs bills?????????



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