About Us


In August 2005, the North Carolina State Lottery Act (H. 1023) and the 2005 Appropriations Act (§ 622) was signed into law, which established the North Carolina Education Lottery. View Legislation.

The act created the 9-member North Carolina Lottery Commission to initiate, supervise, and administer the education lottery. The Commission was appointed in September 2005, with Dr. Charles Sanders of Durham as its first chair and its initial meeting was held on October 6, 2005. On November 17, 2005, the Commission hired Thomas N. Shaheen as Executive Director. Shaheen served as Executive Director from December 5, 2005 through September 17, 2010. Following his resignation, Alice Garland was appointed by the NCEL Commission as Executive Director on January 19, 2011. Key staff members and their areas of responsibility include:

  • Alice Garland - Executive Director
  • Terri Avery Fowler - Deputy Executive Director of Sales
  • Bill Jourdain - Deputy Executive Director of Finance, Administration and Security
  • Tony Chung - Deputy Executive Director of MIS and Gaming Systems
  • Frank Suarez - Deputy Executive Director of Brand Management and Communications
  • Quan Kirk - General Counsel

NCEL Five-Year Strategic Plan

The NCEL Strategic Plan provides a road map that sets and prioritizes the goals that will guide the Lottery’s growth and ensure it achieves its mission over the course of the next five years. This plan provides a shared vision for the future of the NCEL, our players, stakeholders and Lottery beneficiaries. It was unanimously adopted by the NCEL Commission in September of 2015.

Code of Ethics

Annual Reports

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report details the lottery's revenues, assets and expenses. Five times, the Education Lottery has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. It is given to governmental bodies that exceed the minimum standards of generally accepted accounting principles and is the highest form of recognition given by the Government Finance Officers Association.

Popular Annual Financial Reports

The Popular Annual Financial Report provides an overview of the lottery's financial condition. It is meant to convey financial information to the general public. Five times, the Education Lottery has received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting. The honor is conferred by the Government Finance Officers Association.

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