Powerball Jackpot Grows To $320M
CHARLOTTE, NC- $320 million dollars was at stake Saturday night in the Powerball Jackpot. It was the sixth highest jackpot in history!
But in the midst of all the excitement, there's talks in Raleigh to change the lottery's name and where it advertises.
"I know where my money is going... to education!" said Wilkes.
"You're helping the children, you're helping the Department of Educations, you're helping the teachers, you're helping the schools!" said Helen Polk, an East Charlotte resident.
That's why it's called the North Carolina Education Lottery. But earlier this month, some lawmakers in Raleigh pushed to change that, saying the label could mislead people to think the lottery money solves all education problems.
That part was sidelined - for now, but the rest of the bill does include other possible changes. Advertising and sponsorships at high school and college games would have to stop.
"That's how we knew of it. That's how we recognized that people could go to tech schoolf for free. I had tons of friends who utilized it," said Ryan West, a Plaza Midwood resident.
Mecklenburg county has received more than $210 million dollars in lottery funds. More than $80 million has paid teacher salaries to help reduce class sizes. School construction projects received $82 million and pre-k programs for at risk kids benefited from another $28 million. Another $14 million dollars help send students to college.
For Polk, a long time powerball player, removing school lottery advertisements comes with a simple solution.
"If they're going to allocate the money the way it should be allocated, keep it. But if they don't then take it out," said Polk.
The lottery bill would also require ads to be more honest and transparent by explaining how the winnings work.