Where The Money Goes

How N.C. Education Lottery Funds Benefit Gaston County

college studentIn Fiscal Year 2016, education programs in Gaston received $11,744,469 in lottery funds. Elected officials in the state legislature decide how to best use the money provided to the state by the lottery each year. Here is a look at how the money supported specific programs last year.

Non-Instructional Support: $6,348,243

It takes a team to make schools work. Lottery funds helped support the operations of public and charter schools, including the costs of support staff such as office assistants, custodians and substitute teachers.

School Construction: $2,121,473

Students need places to learn. School systems can use lottery funds to help build and repair schools. This helps meet needs that otherwise would have to be paid for by other means such as property taxes. Local officials decide the best use of the construction funds the county receives.

Prekindergarten: $2,457,785

Being ready to learn helps kids get the most out of school. The N.C. Pre-K program serves four-year-old children who are at risk of falling behind their peers as they prepare for kindergarten. Thanks to lottery funds, 437 children in Gaston County were provided a free, academic pre-school experience last year.

College Scholarships: $628,780

Lottery funds help college students get learning that lasts a lifetime. Lottery funds provide scholarships based on financial need to help students cover the costs of attending a state university or community college in North Carolina. Last year, 598 students in Gaston County received scholarships.

Financial Aid: $188,188

A second way that the lottery helps make college affordable is through the UNC Need-Based Grant Program. The money supports grants to help students cover the costs of attending a state university within the UNC system. Last year, 951 Gaston County students received grants.

Lottery Funds Have Supported Gaston County for More Than a Decade

Lottery funds have made a difference in Gaston County every year since 2006. Over time, lottery funds have been directed by legislators to support different education programs, including paying for the salaries of teachers and teacher assistants and digital learning initiatives.

Cumulative Total: $100,357,138

2016 Beneficiary Summary
Each year, the Fiscal Research Division of the N.C. General Assembly reports how lottery funds were distributed to education programs in every county.