RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory wants legislators to let him use unanticipated extra profits from the North Carolina lottery to pay for several new education initiatives and for others that never before benefited directly from the lottery’s games.
McCrory’s budget adjustments for next year released Wednesday would distribute almost half the $62 million in additional projected lottery earnings for targeted scholarship programs, K-12 instructional supplies and technology to help raise university graduation rates.
The surplus profits come from massive ticket sales from the record Powerball jackpot this year and strong instant ticket sales.
The 2005 law creating the lottery limited what kind of education programs its profits could pay for and in what amounts. But exceptions occurred over the years and a 2013 law broadened the use of money to “education-related purposes.”