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North Carolina Lottery - Thinking Too Small

North Carolina is one of the dozen states in the nation that still have no lottery (according to the National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, 38 states have a lottery). As state legislators have been working furiously to pass a budget — they’re late, of course — the issue of the lottery has once again reared its head. The Democratic majority is trying to get a lottery passed, but the Republican caucus is holding firm, with some help from a few rebel Democrats who oppose the lottery. The state newspapers indicate the chances of the lottery passing are slim.

Among organizations favoring the lottery is the NC Association of Educators. We had a phone message from a teacher on our answering machine today asking us to call our State Senator to push for the “education lottery” (it’s for the children, of course). From their website (actually a Capwiz website the NEA runs for them):

The lottery proceeds would go to fund the following:

  • Class size reduction
  • Public school construction
  • Academic kindergarten programs for at-risk children
  • Financial aid based on need for college attendance

Clearly we don’t need a lottery per se, just a means for increasing revenue. Now personally, I think it’s time for the lottery supporters to think outside the box, and I’ve been rolling an idea inside my brain that I am now prepared to share with them: the state of North Carolina should take over the manufacture and sale of tobacco.

Now before you think I’ve lost my marbles, listen to my reasoning (and of course, think of the children).

First of all, the lottery has been done to death. One of the reasons the NC lottery supporters often fall back on is that all of our surrounding states have lotteries, and we lose money from folks who pop over the border to buy their lottery tickets somewhere else. I say: let ‘em. If North Carolina takes control of all tobacco products in the state, I’m sure we’ll be able to undercut the price of cigarettes in our neighboring states, and it’ll be their citizens swarming across state lines. We’ll have so much money in the state coffers that our schools will be like palaces. Our children will have the quality education they so richly deserve!

Also, don’t forget that North Carolina has a long history in the tobacco production business. We’re the perfect state for setting this new trend.

I already can sense the objections.

So you see, my plan is far superior to the lottery. It will result in a windfall for the citizens of North Carolina and an education for each child in this state. It will become the model for other states to follow.

I urge all lottery supporters to ditch their misguided and short-sighted lottery idea and get behind my new concept for raising revenue.

And when all is said and done, it will be the children who win.

5 Responses to “North Carolina Lottery - Thinking Too Small”

  1. Ticklish Ears » Blog Archive » The Carnival of Education: Week 28 Says:

    […] OK. We’ve finally reached the end of what I believe has been an enjoyable carnival. But I’m sure you’ve been wondering: “David, you’re from North Carolina, you’re interested in education, and what the heck, you receive a paycheck from the state yourself. So what are your thoughts on the North Carolina lottery?” I’m glad you asked. I humbly submit my own post here at Ticklish Ears, where I reveal my brilliant alternative to the state lottery. I’m just wondering why nobody else has thought of this. […]

  2. Jim Says:

    One can make very similar objections regarding a lottery: addictive, targeting the poor and uneducated, an effectively regressive tax, and an inappropriate business for the government to be engaged in (kind of like writing curriculum! :) )

  3. Ticklish Ears » Blog Archive » Miscdelleneous Items Two Days Before Classes Begin Says:

    […] Looks like the lottery in NC is definitely a no-go this year. The story in today’s paper says that that the Senate is “one vote short” of lottery passage. Don’t these legislators know this lottery is for the children? Here’s a mind-boggling passage from the story: Lawmakers have already decided where the state’s rake of lottery proceeds will go — school construction, college scholarships for low-income students, and [NC Governor Michael] Easley’s initiatives to reduce class sizes and prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten. (Emphasis added) […]

  4. Ticklish Ears » Blog Archive » Update on the NC Lottery Says:

    […] Meanwhile, the state completely ignored my own idea for raising money, which has the virtue of being original, unique, and potentially more revenue-producing. […]

  5. Ticklish Ears » Blog Archive » North Carolina Lottery - Thinking · NC Lottery .info: NC Lottery Results, NC State Lottery Numbers, Tips, Tricks, News and Information Says:

    […] Ticklish Ears » Blog Archive » North Carolina Lottery - Thinking North Carolina is one of the dozen states in the nation that still have no lottery (according to the National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries , 38 states have a […]

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