"Sales aren't bad in Pope and Yell [County], but they are not as vigorous as they are in some counties," said Julie Baldridge, director of public affairs at the Arkansas Lottery Commission.
"They're somewhere around the middle."
But while lottery ticket sales might be average, Pope County's
benefit from the state lottery is anything but.
Tech students' reception of more than 8,500 scholarships translates to a staggering amount of tuition paid for by the lottery.
According to Baldridge
, the average amount of a scholarship for a four-year college is $4,750, meaning that the state lottery has paid for approximately $40 million in tuition for Tech students.
"For Pope County
, you get more than you give," Baldridge
"There's nothing wrong with that, it's just how it works."
"I've been thrilled by the lottery's success," she