Where The Money Goes: By County

How North Carolina Education Lottery Funds Benefit Gaston County

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Gaston County: $88,612,670

Gaston County has received more than $88,612,670 in lottery funds since inception of the lottery in March 2006. Last year, Gaston County received a total of $12,832,639. Here's more information about the education programs the lottery supports. To see a breakdown of how lottery dollars were used last year in Gaston County, go to the FY 2014 Beneficiary Statement.


 
Teachers' Salaries $31,004,283

Gaston County has received more than $31,004,283 to help pay the salaries of 581 teachers in grades K-3.

581 Teaching
Positions
 
School Construction Projects $26,256,309

More than $26,256,309 raised by the lottery for school construction in Gaston County meets needs that otherwise would have to be paid for with local property taxes. Local officials decide how to spend the money.

 
Prekindergarten $20,614,595

The N.C. Pre-K Program serves children at risk of falling behind their peers as they start kindergarten. More than $20,614,595 in lottery funds have paid for 4214 four-year-olds in Gaston County to prepare for success.

4214 At-Risk Pre-K Enrollments
 
College Scholarships $5,824,507

College students who qualify for federal Pell Grants in Gaston County have received 5279 lottery scholarships. More than $5,824,507 in lottery funds have been used for tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies.

5279 Need-Based Scholarships
 
Financial Aid $1,957,845

Lottery funds have also supplied 5498 grants to college students attending state universities within the UNC system who qualify for UNC need-based financial aid. Those students have used more than $1,957,845 to help pay for the cost of their education.

5498 Financial Aid Grants

For fiscal year 2015, $340,109 in lottery funds were allocated to Gaston County to partially offset how much of its state funding an LEA had to return to the state. For fiscal year 2015, $335,111 in lottery funds were allocated to Gaston County to pay for digital learning initiatives.

For fiscal year 2015, $2,279,911 in lottery funds were allocated to Gaston County to pay for the salaries of teachers' assistants.