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The North Carolina Education Lottery, with lottery headquarters in Raleigh, is a win-win scenario. The person with the winning ticket could take home millions, while other participants help fund education in North Carolina. Since the lottery's inception in 2005, more than $8 billion has gone to North Carolina schools. Governor Mike Easley signed this lottery into existence, and 100% of the lottery's net profits benefit the state's education system. Funds are distributed to causes like school construction, financial aid, staff salaries, and pre-kindergarten programs. In 2021, the lottery impacted at least 90,000 students throughout the state.
The NC Education Lottery features several different games. Each has different rules and drawing days. Here is a breakdown of when drawings occur: Mega Millions The Mega Millions drawing is every Tuesday and Friday. The game allows you to pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and one mega ball from 1 to 25. The grand prize rolls over and updates regularly on the lottery website. You can win the main jackpot by matching all five white balls and the one yellow mega ball. The second prize always is $1 million and pays out by matching the five white balls. If you want to increase the prize, you can wager an additional $1 per play in what's known as a Megaplier. Powerball The Powerball drawing occurs three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Powerball allows you to pick five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. Powerball jackpots regularly update in between each drawing. The Powerball offers a $1 million prize for correctly guessing the five white balls. You can win the Powerball top prize if you correctly guess all of the balls. However, you can use the Double Play or Power Play feature for an additional $1 per play, increasing your overall odds. Lucky for Life The Lucky for Life game has a drawing every day. For a $2 ticket, you have the chance to win $1,000 a day for the rest of your life. The game has you pick five numbers from 1 to 48. You also select one Lucky Ball from 1 to 18. If you get all of the balls correct, you win. If you only get the first five balls correct, you receive the second prize, which is $25,000 a year for the rest of your life. Cash 5, Pick 4, and Pick 3 The Cash 5, Pick 4, and Pick 3 games all have daily drawings. The Pick 4 and Pick 3 games have drawings in the morning and the evening. The Cash 5 games have players choose five numbers from 1 to 43 for a chance to win up to $100,000. The Pick 4 games have players pick four numbers from 0 to 9 for a chance to win up to $5,000. The Pick 3 game has players pick any three numbers from 0 to 9 for a chance to win up to $500.
Each North Carolina Lottery game has a specific schedule. Here are the drawing times and days: Lucky for Life: 10:30 p.m. daily. Powerball: 10:59 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Mega Millions: 11 p.m. Tuesday and Friday. Cash 5, Pick 4, and Pick 3: 11:22 p.m. daily.
Here are the channels where you can view the North Carolina Lottery results: AshevilleWLOS News 13Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash 5, Pick 4, Pick 3CharlotteWAXN-TV (TV64)Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash 5, Pick 4, Pick 3Greenville, New Bern, & WashingtonWITN-TVPowerball, Mega Millions, Cash 5, Pick 4, Pick 3RaleighWRAL-TVPowerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, Cash 5, Pick 4, Pick 3Winston-Salem, Greensboro, & High PointWGHP (FOX8)Powerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, Cash 5, Pick 4, Pick 3 You can always check the lottery website for updated results. The site also allows you to put in your numbers on individual game pages to see if you won a lottery prize. The NCEL has a mobile app that you can use to check lottery winnings. The app allows you to scan lottery tickets, enter them into the Lucke-Rewards program, and see if you have the winning ticket. You can use the app to customize winning numbers and jackpot notifications for any lotto game.
The odds vary based on the game you play. Here is a breakdown of the odds by game: Mega Millions The odds of you winning any of the Mega Millions prizes are about 1 in 24. The odds of winning the top jackpot prize are about 1 in 302,575,350. The odds of winning the $1 million second price are 1 in 12,607,306. If you match four numbers, plus the Mega Millions ball, you can win $10,000. The odds for this prize are 1 in 931,001. Powerball The odds of winning any prize in Powerball are 1 in 24.87. The jackpot odds for Powerball are 1 in 292,201,338. The odds of winning the $1 million second prize payout are 1 in 11,688,054. If you match four numbers plus the Powerball number, you can win $50,000. The odds for this prize are 1 in 913,129. Cash 5 The Cash 5 game jackpot has odds of 1 in 962,598. You can win the second prize of $250 by matching four numbers, with odds of 1 in 5,066. You can win the third prize of $5 by matching three numbers, with odds of 1 in 136.9. Pick 4 The Pick 4 odds change based on the prize. If you match four numbers in the correct order, you can win $5,000, with odds of 1 in 10,000. If you match the numbers in any order, you can win $1,200, with odds of 1 in 2,500. Pick 3 The Pick 3 odds vary based on the prize. For example, if you get the three numbers in the right order, you win $500. The odds are 1 in 1,000. If you match the three numbers in any order, you win $160 with odds of 1 in 333.3.
The lotto has several scratch-off games. The games range in price from $1 to $30. Prizes also vary. For example, the $30 Millionaire Maker game has a top prize of a million dollars. Meanwhile, a $1 game like Lucky 7's has a top prize of $7,000. The games operate on a schedule, and the lottery website lists which games have prizes remaining. Each scratch-off game has its own set of rules and odds, which you can find on the official lottery website or on the cards. New games come out on the first Tuesday of every month.
You can buy lottery tickets online through the lottery website or the NC Education Lottery app. To buy a lottery ticket from a retail store, search for nearby locations on the website using the map that displays nearby participating retailers. You can find the NCEL Lottery headquarters at 2728 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, North Carolina or visits any of the claim centers and get your lottery funds and net proceeds.
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