Today’s surprise vote on the North Carolina budget bill reminded folks of the vote that authorized the lottery.  Here is an Associated Press clipping from the Rocky Mount Telegram about the passage of the lottery bill in the N.C. Senate:














“Senate leader Marc Basnight promised the chamber was done for the year and would not return.  But Basnight, a Democrat from coastal Dare County, changed his mind on Friday.  And with two Republican senators absent Tuesday, Democrats has the votes – with [Lt. Gov. Bev] Perdue’s help – to push through the lottery legislation.”