'Last Week Tonight' skewers lottery-education connection
- "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver has taken a look at education money associated with state lotteries.
- In his segment, Oliver zeros in on North Carolina, which started a lottery 10 years ago with the promise that it would add $500 M a year to education. In reality, Oliver explains, the state actually spends less on education than it did when it started the initiative.
- In 2007 CBS News launched an investigation, finding that of the 24 states with lottery education funds, 21 had either seen decreased or flat spending on education.
While Oliver focused on North Carolina, the state is not alone with troublesome lottery stats. In Georgia, 35% of lottery funds are meant to be allocated for education, but that hasn't happened since 1997. In July, the Georgia Lottery Corp. announced it was transferring $945 million to the state's education fund, which is actually only 23.5% of the lottery's total $4.02 billion revenue.
A few weeks ago, an audit by the Legislative Audit Council in South Carolina found that the state's Department of Education failed to properly — and legally — divvy up $30 million in lottery funds. The audit found that only 7% of the revenue was being distributed to K-12 education.
- The Huffington Post John Oliver Explains Why Lotteries Don't Really Help Fund Education