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Perdue taps into NC lottery funds early in term

RALEIGH - Gov. Beverly Perdue's decision to move $88 million in state lottery profits to help quell North Carolina's budget crisis worries both lottery allies and critics. Perdue this week defended the transfer as a precautionary move but couldn't guarantee the money would be returned because financial problems may worsen. The North Carolina Education Lottery supports school construction projects and other education-related programs. Perdue said the money won't stop school construction projects. About $38 million of the lottery money she took was earmarked to build schools. Perdue still wants a constitutional amendment requiring lottery money be dedicated for education, but lawmakers aren't sure it would prevent her from tapping the funds again. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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What did you expect?

For those of you who voted for the lottery, you got what you deserve. The lottery was the idea of Satan and had people convinced that it was a good thing. But guess what, it's not!!!! The powers that be of the state saw a chance to make some money and bamboozled the citizens of this state to believe that it would be used to help education. Some of it has - but not like it was presented to the citizens of this state. Look who is running it and look at the salaries that are drawn from it. Guess what - you were scammed!!!!!!!!!!1


Well I didn't expect Satan! booga booga booga! Sadly the rest of your post was correct. But people love to gamble and pay extra taxes so having some form of legal outlet for that was necessary.

Satan? Really?

I would have voted for the lottery even if it wasn't supposed to be dedicated for education. It seems to me that if the people that play the lottery fund state projects that would otherwise be paid for with income taxes, so be it. That is OK by me. As for Satan, I doubt God cares too much if I buy a $5 dollar scratch off ticket (so Satan has nothing to do with it.) If NC has the money for projects and programs, who really cares where it comes from as long as there is not a tax hike involved?