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North Carolina Lottery Lottery NC

The North Carolina Lottery was originally launched back on August 31st 2005 after legislation was passed which authorized a State Lottery to be operated within the State of North Carolina.

The NC Education Lottery – NCEL – is operated by the North Carolina State government who oversee the administration, and organization of all North Carolina Education Lottery games.

Right from when the very first North Carolina Lotto ticket was sold back on March 30th 2006 – the aim of the NC Lottery was to raise funds for the area of education within the State at the same time as providing entertaining lottery games.

This is still the case today and the North Carolina Lottery can rightly claim to be one of the few USA Lottery companies that puts all of its lottery profits into State education.

The North Carolina Education Lottery – SCEL – is based in Raleigh, NC.

NC Lottery Overview

The NC Education Lottery sells lottery tickets from its network of 5,500 or more authorized NC Lottery retailers throughout the state and has its Headquarters at 2100 Yonkers Road, Raleigh, NC 27604.

In addition to the North Carolina Education Lottery Headquarters there are also 5 Regional Offices/Claim Centers from where you can claim your NC Lottery winnings – these are based at Greensboro, Asheville, Greenville, Charlotte and Wilmington.

The NC Education Lottery also takes part in 2 of the largest world lotteries – the Multi-State USA Lottery games Mega Millions and Powerball which we will be looking into in greater detail.

We will be looking at the various NC Lotto games below – how these games work and who can play them – as well as delving into some of the history of the North Carolina State Lottery in depth.

NC Lottery Games

There are numerous games that are offered by the NC Education Lottery including two of the biggest lotteries in the world – the Mega Millions and Powerball.

We will first of all take a look at these Multi-State USA Lottery games – that the NC Lottery offers in conjunction with the MUSL Multi-State Lottery Association and Mega Millions Consortium – and later move on to the other NC Education Lottery games that are available.

Currently – the games offered by the NC State Lottery that players from anywhere in the world can buy lottery tickets online for are these two huge USA Lottery games – the Mega Millions and the Powerball.

Other games offered by the North Carolina Education Lottery that you can play in-state are noted further down the page – if any of these NC Lotto games become available to a wider audience at a later date – we will be writing about it here.

NC Powerball North Carolina Powerball

Powerball is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run & syndicated across the USA by the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – and is one of the largest lottery games in the world having produced a record jackpot of an incredible US$ 1.58 BILLION. This massive sum is the biggest lottery jackpot ever won to date in the history of lotto games around the world.

The very first Powerball draw took place on April 22nd 1992 with 16 USA Lottery companies – who were all members of the MUSL – taking part after the game changed its format and name from Lotto America which had first started on February 13th 1988.

NC Powerball Overview

The North Carolina Lottery is 1 of 47 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Powerball game – in this case the NC Powerball – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.

The North Carolina Powerball was first sold on May 30th 2006 when the NC Lottery became the 31st member to join the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – who run & syndicate the game right across the United States of America.

NC Powerball How it Works

The North Carolina Powerball works in the same way as the Powerball game works in all the States and Districts in the US that offer the game.

Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some massive jackpot figures.

6 numbers are drawn in total for the NC Powerball game from 2 separate drawing machines – first of all 5 numbers from 69 white balls are drawn followed by 1 number (the POWERball) from 26 red balls.

Draws for the NC Lottery Powerball take place twice every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm EST.

In addition to the 6 main Powerball numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the Powerball POWERPLAY number…

POWERPLAY…

This separate Powerball POWERPLAY number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4, 5 and occasionally number 10 – and is there to give players of the NC Powerball a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the NC Powerball jackpot itself.

With Powerball POWER PLAY – you will multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.

During special promotions – the Powerball POWER PLAY multiplier will be 10x – allowing NC Education Lottery players to increase their Powerball winnings by an incredible 10 times!

So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your North Carolina Powerball lottery winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Power Ball POWER PLAY option when playing.

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NC Powerball Results

With the NC Powerball being drawn every week on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm EST there are various ways you can check the Powerball winning numbers.

You can find the latest North Carolina Powerball Results at all North Carolina State Lottery retailers, from NC Lottery terminals and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also look up previous NC Powerball Results.

The North Carolina Powerball results and Powerball winning numbers are also displayed on the official website of the Lottery NC nc educationlottery.org – and are broadcast on the following TV Channels throughout the State of North Carolina…

WRAL (Channel 5) in Raleigh
WYCW (Channel 62) in Asheville
WILM (Channel 10) in Wilmington
WXLV (Channel 45) in Winston-Salem
WITN (Channel 7) in Greenville, New Bern & Washington
WCNC (Channel 36) in Charlotte, Greensboro & High Point

NC Powerball Odds of Winning

There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this NC Education Lottery game providing a great chance to win something on the NC Powerball.

Odds range from 1 in 292,201,338 for correctly matching all the North Carolina Powerball winning numbers right down to 1 in 38.32 for matching just 1 number correctly.

The overall odds of you winning any prize on the Powerball NC are just 1 in 24.87.

See the Powerball Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate North Carolina Powerball page for a complete list of odds and prizes for this game.

NC Mega Millions Mega Millions NC

The Mega Millions is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run and operated by the Mega Millions Consortium – who administer and syndicate the game across the USA and is one of the largest lottery games in the world – having produced a massive world record jackpot of an incredible US$ 656 MILLION on March 30th 2012. This amazing jackpot was shared equally between 3 Mega Millions winners from Kansas, Maryland and Illinois which still stands as the world's 2nd biggest lottery win.

The very first Mega Millions draw took place on May 17th 2002 with 6 USA Lottery companies taking part who were all members of the Mega Millions Consortium.

The game had changed its name and format from the Big Game which had started on August 31st 1996. Upon this change – 2 further State Lotteries joined and many more were to follow.

NC Mega Millions Overview

The North Carolina Education Lottery – NCEL – is 1 of 46 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the huge Multi-State Mega Millions game – in this case the NC Mega Millions – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.

The NC Mega Millions was first sold on January 31st 2010 when the Multi State Lottery Association (MUSL) who run the Powerball game – of which the NC Lottery is a member – entered into a cross-selling agreement with the Mega Millions consortium – allowing the sales of Mega Millions in Powerball states and Powerball in Mega Millions states.

NC Mega Millions How it Works

The North Carolina Mega Millions works in exactly the same way as the Mega Millions game works in all the States and Districts in the USA that offer the game.

Jackpots start off at US$ 15 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some enormous jackpot figures that can be won on the Mega Millions North Carolina.

6 numbers are drawn in total for the North Carolina Mega Millions – from 2 separate drawing machines – firstly 5 numbers from 75 white balls are drawn and then 1 number (the MEGAball) from 15 gold balls.

Draws for the NC Mega Millions take place twice every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.00pm EST.

In addition to the 6 Mega Millions numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the MEGAPLIER number…

MEGAPLIER…

This separate MEGAPLIER multiplier number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4 or 5 – and is there to give players of the NC Mega Millions a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the NC Mega Millions jackpot itself.

With the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER option – you are able to multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.

If you match the 5 main Mega Millions numbers playing with the MEGAPLIER add-on – and a MEGAPLIER number of 5 is drawn – the second tier prize of US$ 1 MILLION would be multiplied by x5 and you could win US$ 5 MILLION.

A great improvement to the MEGAPLIER facility occurred on October 19th 2013.

This can make your Mega Millions win even bigger when you play Mega Millions using the MEGAPLIER prize multiplier option.

The 2nd Mega Millions prize has automatically been quadrupled to US$ 1 MILLION and a more powerful MEGAPLIER multiplier of x5 has been brought in.

This means that if you match all 5 of the main Mega Millions numbers and play using the MEGAPLIER option – you will now win US$ 5 MILLION if a MEGAPLIER of x5 has been drawn.

So, for just an extra dollar – you can choose to increase your NC Mega Millions winnings on all levels except the jackpot – by adding the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER option when playing.

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NC Mega Millions Results

With the North Carolina Mega Millions being drawn every week on both Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.00pm EST there are numerous ways you can check the Mega Millions winning numbers.

You can find the latest NC Mega Millions Results from any North Carolina Lottery retailer, from NC Lottery terminals and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also very easily check up on any previous NC Mega Millions Results.

The NC Mega Millions winning numbers will also be shown on nc-educationlottery.org the official Lottery NC website and are broadcast on the following TV channels in North Carolina…

WRAL (Channel 5) in Raleigh
WILM (Channel 10) in Wilmington
WXLV (Channel 45) in Winston-Salem
WITN (Channel 7) in Greenville, New Bern & Washington
WCNC (Channel 36) in Charlotte, Greensboro & High Point

NC Mega Millions Odds of Winning

There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this North Carolina Education Lottery game providing you with a great chance to win something on the North Carolina Mega Millions.

Odds range from 1 in 258.89 million for correctly matching all the NC Mega Millions winning numbers right down to 1 in 21 for matching just 1 number correctly.

Overall odds of winning any prize on the Mega Millions NC are just 1 in 15.

See the Mega Millions Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate North Carolina Mega Millions page for a complete list of odds and prizes.

Other NC Lottery Games...

In addition to the NC Powerball and NC Mega Millions games which can be played from anywhere on the planet – the North Carolina Education Lottery also offers various other lotto games which can be played within North Carolina itself like – Carolina Pick 3, Carolina Pick 4, Carolina Cash 5 plus NCLottery Millionaire Raffle games and numerous instant Scratch-Offs.

If any of these other NC Lotto games become available to a wider audience outside of North Carolina at a later date we will write about it here.

NC Lottery Who Can Play?

In the past – you would have had to buy your lottery ticket in the state of North Carolina itself to take part in any of the North Carolina State Lottery games – including the NC Powerball and NC Mega Millions.

These days though – you can play the Mega Millions Online and the Powerball Online from anywhere in the world due to the presence of accredited and fully authorized online lottery ticket sales companies like TheLotter.com – allowing you to play wherever you may be living.

So if you live outside of North Carolina or the USA but wish to play either the Powerball or Mega Millions this is simple to do using the right lottery ticket sales companies where you can quickly and easily buy lottery tickets online – and save yourself a good deal of time in the process.

The North Carolina Lottery requires all players to be a minimum of 18 years of age before purchasing any NC Lotto tickets including tickets for the NC Mega Millions and NC Powerball.

NC Lottery How Prizes are Paid

If you have won either an NC Powerball or NC Mega Millions jackpot – you will be able to claim your prize as either a cash lump sum or as an annuity payment.

If you choose the annuity option – your winnings will be paid to you annually in 30 installments over a 30 year period for both the NC Mega Millions and the NC Powerball.

For all prizes on NC Education Lottery online games – you will have 180 days from the date of the draw to make your claim before your NC Lotto ticket will expire – for Instant Ticket prizes you have 90 days from the official end of game date.

If your win on the North Carolina Lottery is up to US$ 599.99 – you will be able to claim your winnings from any North Carolina Lotto retailer.

If you have won between US$ 600 and US$ 99,999.99 on the NCLottery – you can need to claim your prize at one of the NC Lottery offices, at the NC Lottery Headquarters or by mail.

If you have won more than US$ 100,000 or won an NC Education Lottery jackpot prize – you will need to claim your winings in person at the NCLottery Headquarters in Raleigh.

These details are all taken care for you if you play lottery online with one of the trusted and genuine online lottery ticket sale companies such as TheLotter as it is their job to make your transaction a seamless process – collecting your winnings and sending them directly to you.

NC Lottery Timeline – History

2005

The North Carolina Education Lottery – NCEL – was created on August 31st after legislation was passed – approving the proposal of a State Lottery within North Carolina.

The members of the North Carolina Lottery Commission were appointed in September.

On December 12th – the North Carolina Lottery voted to become a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association – MUSL – and sell tickets for its huge POWERBALL game.

2006

Just 3 months before the NCEducationLottery begins to sell Powerball Tickets – a world record POWERBALL jackpot of an incredible US$ 365 Million is won by a group of Nebraska factory workers following the drawing on February 18th. This still stands as the largest lottery jackpot won in the world to date on a single lottery ticket.

March 9th sees the NC Lottery show off its first Scratch-Off lottery tickets

The very first North Carolina Lottery tickets – Scratch-Offs – are put on sale on March 30th.

The NC Lottery websitenc-educationlottery.org – is sent live also on March 30th.

March 31st sees the first US$ 100,000 NC Lottery winner who goes to the NC Education Lottery headquarters to claim their prize.

Two new Scratch-Off games are introduced by the NC Lottery on April 18th.

Tickets for the North Carolina POWERBALL are first sold on May 30th 2006 when the North Carolina Lottery becomes the 31st member to join the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – who run & syndicate the game across the USA.

A day later – North Carolina Lottery players can watch their first POWERBALL draw take place – with the NC Lottery now selling Powerball tickets. The first NC POWERBALL draw immediately produces a US$ 200,000 winner in North Carolina.

The first NC Lottery Powerball player to win US$ 1 Million appears on June 7th having played POWERBALL using the POWERPLAY multiplier feature.

A new Scratch-Off instant ticket is introduced by the NC Lottery on September 29th – the Carolina Hurricanes ticket.

The North Carolina Lottery introduced its first online numbers game on October 6th – the Carolina PICK 3. Draws for the PICK 3 game are held seven days a week at 11.22pm EST.

The second online numbers game to be introduced by the NC Lottery – the Carolina CASH 5 – appeared on October 27th. The CASH 5 game has a matrix of 5/39 and is drawn every day at 11.22pm EST.

The NC Lottery introduces its first Holiday Tickets and the first US$ 10 ticket went on sale on October 31st.

November 29th sees the first winner of a NC POWERBALL jackpot. Jackie Alston wins an incredible US$ 74.5 Million which was a record NC Lottery win at the time and still ranks as the 3rd highest Powerball jackpot to be won by an NC Lottery player.

2007

The NC Lottery introduces its first Millionaire Raffle game on May 11th with tickets for the Sizzlin’ Millionaire Raffle going on sale.

The first Millionaire Raffle draw is held on July 4th by the NC Lottery.

July 10th sees the North Carolina Lottery introduce Big Ol’ Bucks tickets and also BOB the Pirate.

The second Millionaire Raffle game to be introduced by the NC State Lottery appears on November 11th – with tickets for the Merry Millionaire Raffle going on sale.

The NC Education Lottery holds its second Millionaire Raffle draw on December 27th.

2008

The NC Lottery introduce the $100 Million Cash Spectacular instant scratch-off ticket on January 8th – with a prize payout of 73%.

The North Carolina State Lottery bring out another new instant, scratch-off game – with Harley tickets going on sale on March 27th – with the top prize being Harley Fat Boy.

On March 31st – an extra draw is added to the Carolina PICK 3 game by the NC Lottery. In addition to the nightly draws – a daytime draw is held at 3pm EST every day except for Sunday.

The first “win for life” game is introduced by the North Carolina Lottery on August 5th – with tickets for the $139M Blockbuster scratch-off going on sale.

The first NC Lottery top prize winner of the “win for life” $139M Blockbuster emerges on September 8th – with a college student from Charlotte winning an annuity prize of US$ 1 Million.

2009

January 4th sees some significant changes to the POWERBALL game – the intention being to create larger jackpot prizes and produce even more winners. NC Education Lottery players will now see jackpots starting off at US$ 20 Million, a new US$ 1 Million is created and the Powerball matrix changes to 5/59 + 1/39. Also – draws for the Powerball move to Orlando’s Universal Studios in Florida – with the Florida Lottery joining the MUSL in selling Powerball Tickets.

April 17th sees the NC Education Lottery introduce a third online numbers game to its range – the Carolina PICK 4. Draws are to be held nightly at 11.22pm EST.

The second winner of an NC POWERBALL jackpot emerges on June 20th when Jeff Wilson from Kings Mountain scoops an amazing US$ 88.1 Million – the biggest NCLottery win to date. This still ranks as the second largest North Carolina Powerball jackpot to be won.

July 14th sees the NC Lottery introduce its World Series of Poker instant scratch-off ticket.

The first US$ 20 instant, scratch-off ticket to be brought out by the North Carolina Education Lottery appears on October 6th – the $200 Million Cash Extravaganza.

On October 9th an agreement is made between the Mega Millions Consortium and the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association – to allow the cross-sales of MEGA MILLIONS tickets within States that offer the POWERBALL and the sale of POWERBALL Tickets within States that offer the MEGA MILLIONS game. The NC Lottery will begin selling MEGA MILLIONS Tickets come January.

On November 9th – the NCLottery vote to take part in the cross-sales of MEGA MILLIONS tickets.

2010

The NC Lottery introduce another new instant, scratch-off ticket – the PRICE IS RIGHT – on January 26th.

On January 31st the North Carolina Education Lottery – NCEL – sells its first lottery tickets for the national MEGA MILLIONS game – as a result of the recently made cross-selling agreement between the Mega Millions Consortium and the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) – in October 2009.

An incredible US$ 141 Million jackpot is won on the North Carolina POWERBALL on February 8th. Frank Griffin is the lucky winner of what stands as the biggest jackpot to be won in NC Lottery history.

The very first NC MEGA MILLIONS jackpot to be claimed is a cool US$ 12 Million jackpot won by lucky Greensboro couple – Mike Manheim and his wife Faye – on May 28th. Their Mega Millions winning numbers are: 3, 11, 20, 29, 39 and a MEGA Ball of 26.

July 2nd sees tickets for the 3rd Millionaire Raffle go on sale by the NC Lottery. The CASH SPLASH MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE game offers a top prize of US$ 1 Million.

2011

The Carolina Cash 5 produced its biggest jackpot to date when it reached US$ 1.35 Million on May 5th and was claimed by 3 winners – 2 from Greensboro and 1 from Crouse.

2015

The biggest jackpot win in the history of the North Carolina Lottery to date was won on February 11th 2015 when a massive US$ 564.1 Million Powerball jackpot was shared between 3 winning tickets in North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico – each netting a cool US$ 188.33 Million.

NC Lottery Where the Money Goes

Net proceeds raised by the North Carolina Education Lottery go right back to the citizens of the State of North Carolina – with all monies going towards the area of education within the state.

Education in North Carolina is – in fact – the sole recipient of NC Education Lottery funding which is distributed by the Office of State Budget and Management having first been transferred to the Education Lottery Fund.

The NC Education Lottery can rightly claim to be one of the few USA Lottery companies to appropriate their proceeds towards the area of education alone.

A brief breakdown of the areas where the profits from Lottery NC games go – shows us that the majority (50%) goes towards at-risk Pre-K programs and class size reductions. 40% goes towards the construction of schools and 10% goes towards College Scholarships.


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