(8/30/05) After 20 years of discussion, North Carolina lawmakers have finally passed a state-run lottery to benefit education. The state Senate debated Tuesday afternoon, then was deadlocked in a 24-24 vote. Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue, the Senate's presiding officer, cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the lottery. Two Republican senators who had opposed the lottery earlier were absent for Tuesday's vote. Senators Harry Brown of Onslow County and Robert Garwood of Wilkes County both received excused absences.