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for Independent Weekly Vol. 17 Issue 15, Apr 1999
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Each year North Carolina citizens bet $100 million in the Virginia lottery. Georgia also has a lottery, and South Carolina will soon operate one. With all this money bet elsewhere, lottery proponents argue the state should have its own lottery to keep the money home for things like school funding. Opponents argue that lotteries are immoral and exploit the poor. Polls indicate that if the General Assembly gave voters an opportunity to vote on a lottery referendum, it would pass.
Opposition to a possible lottery bill in the 1999 General Assembly brings together an unlikely alliance of Groups. The N.C. Budget and Tax Center and N.C. Council of Churches are joining forces with the conservative Family Policy Council and John Locke Foundation to fight the bill.