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January 8, 2008

Bobcats Partner With North Carolina Education Lottery

Educational initiatives in North Carolina received a boost on Tuesday as the Bobcats and the North Carolina Education Lottery announced their new partnership.

“We are so happy to be partnering with the Bobcats,” said North Carolina Educational Lottery Executive Director Tom Shaheen. “The Bobcats have several educational initiatives, and we are absolutely pleased that we are able to be a part of their family of educational programs. We feel like we have a bond with the Bobcats since the Bobcats and the lottery are both pretty much new to North Carolina. We are hoping we can grow together.”

As part of the partnership, Bobcats fans will now have the opportunity to purchase North Carolina Education Lottery tickets at all home games. Lottery tickets will be sold at a kiosk located on the main concourse.

One hundred percent of the North Carolina Education Lottery net proceeds are used for pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk youth, reduction of class size in early grades, school construction and college scholarships for need-based individuals.

“There’s a guarantee that each time you buy a ticket to the North Carolina Education Lottery, there’s a winner,” explained Bobcats TV Play-by-Play Announcer Steve Martin as he introduced the new partnership. “That winner of course is education. Nothing can speak more to what the Charlotte Bobcats are all about than education programs. It’s one of the four pillars of our community service, and we pay strict attention to that.”

In addition to announcing their partnership with the Bobcats, the North Carolina Education Lottery also announced its biggest game ever.

“This game is called the $100 million dollar cash spectacular,” said Shaheen. “It is the highest prize payout game we’ve had to date. The top prize is $1 million dollars and there are 10 of them in the game. Plus we have over 360,000 prizes between $50 and $500 dollars and 5,700 prizes between $1,000 and $50,000 Overall in the this game, we have close to five million prizes.”

This partnership is one that will benefit both the Bobcats, the North Carolina Educational Lottery and ultimately, and most importantly the children of North Carolina.