Re: N.C. Gets Lottery...Jesse Helms Rises From The Dead In A
I read that North Carolina, the underpinning that holds up the trailer park that is the Southeast will after years of struggle be going the way of godless heathens everywhere and instituting a state lottery.
Hey!! Nothing wrong with NC! Concerning the lottery, the pro-lottery lobby has it that most North Carolinians are caravaning to other states to buy tickets. To hear them tell it, I'm amazed anyone actually lives here. Here's the breakdown of estimates on how much money the state is losing because state residents are fleeing the state to buy tickets.
The Family Policy Council says it's $80 million.
Black and Basnight (leading state legislators) say it's $300 million.
Gov. Easley says it's $400 - 500 million.
The John Locke Foundation calculates it at $36 million.
Just to put it into prospecitive, the state only has 8 million people and most of those do not live a conveinent distance from the state line. GA claims a record of $100/capita for loto participation. I guess the 300,000 folks near the state lines are doing 10x that number in order to meet the gov's estimate.