Monday numbers

Monday numbers

Lottery numbers106 million—amount in dollars the House budget includes in additional lottery revenue from doubling the lottery advertising budget (“NC House budget overestimates lottery revenues, documents show,” News & Observer, June 13, 2014)

23—percentage increase in lottery sales required to raise an additional $106 million in net state revenue (“NC lottery growth sought by unusual source — GOP,” Associated Press, June 15, 2014)

425 million—amount in dollars of increase in lottery sales required to raise an additional $106 million in net state revenue (Ibid)

59 million—amount in dollars that officials with the lottery told legislative staffers the lottery would actually raise with the additional advertising and restrictions included in the budget (“NC House budget overestimates lottery revenues, documents show,” News & Observer, June 13, 2014)

0—amount in dollars in changes House leaders made to lottery revenue projections after they received the memo from lottery officials before the House voted on the budget Thursday and Friday (Ibid)

47 million—amount in dollars the budget was out of balance thanks to incorrect projections for increased lottery revenue included in the House budget (Ibid)

16—number of months since Governor Pat McCrory urged state lawmakers to reduce lottery advertising in his first State of the State speech to the General Assembly (“McCrory’s bid to shift lottery funds no game-changer for schools,” WRAL-TV, February 13, 2013)

1.8 billion—amount in dollars of sales of lottery tickets in North Carolina in 2013 (N.C Education Lottery—2013 sales data)

7,573,652—adult population of North Carolina in 2013 eligible to buy lottery tickets (U.S. Census Bureau)

238—amount in dollars of lottery sales per capita in North Carolina in 2013 (N.C Education Lottery—2013 sales data)

28—number of counties where lottery sales were higher than $300 per capita in 2013 (Ibid)

9—number of counties where lottery sales were higher than $400 per capita in 2013 (Ibid)

9—number of counties where lottery sales were higher than $400 per capita that are in Eastern North Carolina (Ibid)

18—percentage of people in North Carolina living in poverty (U.S. Census Bureau)