Gov. Mike Easley made a North Carolina lottery a central plank of his administration’s platform, with the justification that it would mean payday for the state’s under-funded education system. It passed in 2005 by a one-vote margin, and since then, state residents have blunted many a coin-edge rubbing the silver strips from their lottery tickets.
But a new video feature at The New York Times Web site suggests that the lottery may not be living up to expectations, leaving long-time lottery critics and school officials alike wondering: Where’s the money?
To read the story, which describes other states’ experiences with lotteries, click here.
— Kent Priestley, staff writer