Powerball frenzy may bring windfall, but not for NC teachers
The frenzy over a $1.4 billion Powerball jackpot could be a windfall for the N.C. Education Lottery, but none of it will go to teachers.
In a little-noticed change during the 2015 budget session, lawmakers shifted distribution of lottery proceeds from teachers and assistants to bus drivers, janitors and other noninstructional support staff. A Senate budget writer said at the time that the shift would ensure that teacher salaries aren’t funded by a variable source of money.
Regardless of the shift, state lottery officials say no one will get big raises or a surge of staffing just because North Carolinians are lining up to get their shot at the world-record jackpot.