My Turn, Your Turn: Education lottery

By Gary McNair - bio|email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - I want to share with you a couple emails on a topic we are hearing a lot about these days.

Both viewers got angry after watching a commercial for the North Carolina Education Lottery.  Maybe you've seen it.  It's aired on this station and others.  It touts how much money the lottery has raised for education.

The problem, as both emails point out, is Governor Perdue's plans to divert 88-million dollars of lottery profit away from education and put them in the state's general fund.

Michael wrote:

Thousands of teachers will be taking salary cuts with word of more cuts to come. The state plays these commercials, but it's uncertain what positive outcomes have been achieved.

And Bruce wrote:

All of the parents thought it would be a good thing.  That maybe the schools would stop nickel and diming us to death. I don't think that will happen, huh? Did they just call it the "education lottery" to pass the bill?

I believe some people justify playing the lottery because their losses benefit education, but as these emails point out, that may now be a gamble too.

That's Michael and Bruce's turn on lottery dollars and education.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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