Where The Money Goes: By County

How North Carolina Education Lottery Funds Benefit Gaston County

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Gaston County: $75,780,031

Gaston County has received more than $75,780,031 in lottery funds since inception of the lottery in March 2006. Last year, Gaston County received a total of $10,134,299. 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 $25,879,023

Gaston County has received more than $25,879,023 to help pay the salaries of 493 teachers in grades K-3.

493 Teaching
School Construction Projects $24,139,476

More than $24,139,476 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 $18,171,202

The N.C. Pre-K Program serves children at risk of falling behind their peers as they start kindergarten. More than $18,171,202 in lottery funds have paid for 3798 four-year-olds in Gaston County to prepare for success.

3798 At-Risk Pre-K Enrollments
College Scholarships $5,157,859

College students who qualify for federal Pell Grants in Gaston County have received 4673 lottery scholarships. More than $5,157,859 in lottery funds have been used for tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies.

4673 Need-Based Scholarships
Financial Aid $1,757,251

Lottery funds have also supplied 4559 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 $1,757,251 to help pay for the cost of their education.

4559 Financial Aid Grants

For fiscal year 2013, $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 2014, $335,111 in lottery funds were allocated to Gaston County to pay for digital learning initiatives.

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