Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

1.5 billion—amount in dollars spent on lottery tickets in North Carolina in 2011 (“Prosperity seen as a scratch ticket away in poorest counties,” NC Policy Watch Investigates, March 29, 2012)

212—amount in dollars in per capita spending on the lottery in North Carolina in 2011 (Ibid)

516—amount in dollars in per capita spending on the lottery in Halifax County in 2011 (Ibid)

26.2—percentage of people in Halifax County living below the federal poverty level, roughly $23,000 a year for a family of four (Ibid)

9—number of the top ten counties in per capita lottery sales in North Carolina in 2011 that also have poverty rates above 20 percent (Ibid)

37—total number of counties with poverty rates above 20 percent (Ibid)

26—number of counties with poverty rates above 20 percent that had per capita lottery sales above the state average (Ibid)

20—percent of Americans who believe that winning the lottery is the most practical way to amass personal wealth (Survey by the Consumer Federation of America and the Financial Planning Association, January 9, 2006)

38—-percent of people who earn less than $25,000 a year who believe that winning the lottery is the most practical way to amass personal wealth (Ibid)

35—percentage of lottery sales dedicated to education funding when the lottery was passed by the General Assembly in 2005 (“Prosperity seen as a scratch ticket away in poorest counties,” NC Policy Watch Investigates, March 29, 2012)

30—percentage of lottery sales currently dedicated to education funding (“Prosperity seen as a scratch ticket away in poorest counties,” NC Policy Watch Investigates, March 29, 2012)

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