NC Lottery: Online Tickets Sales Start Thursday

4:14 PM, Dec 3, 2013   |    comments
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina Education Lottery will sell tickets online for some games starting Thursday.

The lottery will offer an online subscription service for: Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5.


"We hope the new service will offer a way for those who currently don't buy tickets at a traditional lottery retailer to try some of our games," said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. "The subscription service comes with safeguards to ensure it meets requirements that no tickets are sold to anyone who is not physically in North Carolina or to anyone who is under 18, the legal age for playing the lottery."


Garland said they hope the new service will help the lottery increase its sales in those three jackpot games and raise more money for education in our state.

North Carolina joins at least 11 other state lotteries in the United States, including Virginia and Georgia, that already provide a subscription service to their lottery players.


Lottery players cannot use the service to buy a single draw ticket or to buy instant scratch-off tickets, the most popular game the lottery offers. A subscription to at least two weeks of drawings for one of the three games is required for any purchase. Key parts of the service, approved by the N.C. Education Lottery Commission last year, will ensure that:

  • Like other lottery games, players can only purchase through the subscription service while in North Carolina.

  • Age and identity of players registered for the service will be verified to ensure they are 18-years-old or older.

  • Responsible play features such as limits on the number of multi-draw tickets that can be purchased will be incorporated as they are with other NCEL games and programs. Players also have the ability to place their own personal limits on their play in addition to the NCEL limits.


To participate, players will go to a secure section of the NCEL's Lucke-Zone - the player's club website - to register for the service and set up an account.

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