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Lottery report correction

When we compiled data for our report on the N.C. Education Lottery and the connection between sales and poverty, data for four counties – Macon, Madison, Martin and McDowell – were transposed. The mistake was caught thanks to catch from a quick reporter at the Franklin Press in Macon County.

With apologies to residents of those four counties, we’ve adjusted our interactive map. Madison County still has the lowest per capita sales in that state, but at $41.48 for each adult opposed to the $25. 41 we initially reported.

Here’s the corrected information:

Macon, $88.47 (13.8 % poverty rate)

Madison, $41.48 (17.7 % poverty)

Martin, $371.32, (23.4 % poverty)

McDowell, $165.74 (14.6 % poverty)

Questions? Feel free to contact reporter Sarah Ovaska at sarah@ncpolicywatch.com.

One Comment


  1. Alex

    December 21, 2010 at 8:06 am

    The lottery is a cruel tax on poor people who falsely dream they may one day hit the jackpot. Some of them will forego buying groceries to play this stupid game. To me, it is the worst thing governments have ever created.

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