Every year at school budget time, UNC Charlotte education professor Walter Hart hears a similar question: “Why do you need more money? You’ve got the lottery.”

Hart and two colleagues analyzed 10 years of results from the North Carolina Education Lottery to look at how well the state kept its promises and why so many people are confused about where the money goes. Their findings were published in the Journal of Education Finance.

“People perceive that boy, education is getting a lot of money out of this. So that raised the question: What were they really getting?” says Jim Watson, an associate professor in the UNCC education school’s educational leadership program.

Watson and Hart, an assistant professor in the program, are both

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