In ten months, the NC Education Lottery raised only $63.5 million for education programs. This means that only $25 million would be available for school construction projects for all 115 school systems.

Lottery officials hope that it will bring in $401 million in FY 2006-2007, down from an initial estimate of $425 million. In order to meet that goal, lottery officials will have to do a better job giving their bread and butter, poor and minority neighborhoods, more access to lottery games.