North Carolina Lottery Results

Latest North Carolina lottery results for POWERBALL ✔, MEGA MILLIONS ✔, PICK 3 ✔, PICK 4 ✔, CASH 5 NC ✔, LUCKY FOR LIFE ✔. Find all the information about lotteries in North Carolina. Check your ticket or search past draws if you won the jackpot.

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North Carolina Lottery Games

Founded in 2005, the North Carolina Lottery, officially called the North Carolina Education Lottery, is one of the newest lotteries in the United States. The North Carolina Lottery offers a wide range of multi-jurisdictional and locally run games, including opportunities to win significant sums of money every day.

Proceeds from the North Carolina Lottery go towards various education-supporting initiatives, including school construction, student financial aid, transport services, support staff salaries and pre-kindergarten facilities.

Powerball

Powerball is a world-famous lottery renowned for its long odds and often lucrative jackpots.

Powerball tickets cost $2.00, with players choosing five numbers between 1 and 69 plus a Powerball number between 1 and 26. Players can choose numbers manually or go for a Quick Pick. A Power Play option is also available, costing $1.00 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times.

Mega Millions

Mega Millions is another world-renowned lottery that’s even harder to win than Powerball, but with a very similar format.

As with Powerball, tickets cost $2.00.

Players must choose five numbers between 1 and 70 and a Mega Ball number between 1 and 25, with a Quick Pick option also available for random selections. Mega Millions has an additional Megaplier feature for $1.00, for the chance to boost non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times.

Lucky for Life

Lucky for Life is a popular lottery game played across 23 states and the District of Columbia, giving players the chance to win $1,000 a day (paid out as $365,000 annually) for the rest of their lives, or the option to take home a lump sum of $5.75 million.

Tickets cost $2.00, with players choosing five main numbers from 1 to 48 and a Lucky Ball number between 1 and 18. Quick Pick is also available for random selections.

Keno

Keno has multiple entry and stake-based options, plus the opportunity to enhance the base prize by adding a prize multiplier.

Players must decide on how many numbers to match from 1 to 10, before choosing the relevant number of selections between 1 and 80. Quick Picks are available for random selections, with participants needing to choose a stake of $1.00, $2.00, $3.00, $5.00 or $10.

Players can add a Multiplier to double their stake. This Multiplier is chosen before each draw, to boost prizes by up to 10 times.

Cash 5

Cash 5 is a straightforward lottery that costs just $1.00 to enter.

Players must choose five numbers from 1 to 43 or go for a Quick Pick to enter with random selections.

For a further $1.00, participants can add Double Play to their ticket, to enter the same numbers into a secondary draw taking place immediately after the main Cash 5 game.

Players can also add EZ Match for a further $1.00, for the chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Pick 4

Pick 4 has multiple entry options, with stakes of $0.50 or $1.00 being available.

Players must choose four numbers from 0 to 9, and because each number is chosen independently, the same number can be chosen repeatedly if desired. Participants then choose whether to bet on matching their numbers in the order drawn, in any order, or to split their stake equally between both options.

Participants can also choose a Combo entry, for a ticket with every possible combination of the four player-chosen numbers.

Alternatively, players can bet on matching either the first or final pairs of numbers drawn.

Participants can also make a 1-Off wager to win prizes by matching three numbers in the correct order, with one of these digits needing to be one away from the number chosen. For example, choosing 1234 would win if 1235, 1233, 1244, 1224, 1134, 1334, 2234 or 0234 are drawn.

Also, players can add Sum It Up to their ticket to double their stake. Sum It Up wins additional prizes if the sum of the four numbers drawn matches the sum of the four player-chosen numbers, irrespective of the entry option, numbers matched or other prizes won.

Pick 3

Pick 3 has multiple entry options, with stakes of $0.50 or $1.00 being available.

Players must choose three numbers from 0 to 9, and because each number is chosen independently, the same number can be chosen repeatedly if desired. Participants then choose whether to bet on matching their numbers in the order drawn, in any order, or to split their stake equally between both options.

Participants can also choose a Combo entry, for a ticket with every possible combination of the three player-chosen numbers.

Alternatively, players can bet on matching either the first or final pairs of numbers drawn.

Participants can also make a 1-Off wager to win prizes by matching two numbers in the correct order, with one of these digits needing to be one away from the number chosen. For example, choosing 123 would win if 223, 023, 133, 113, 122 or 124 are drawn.

Also, players can add Sum It Up to their ticket to double their stake. As with Pick 4, Sum It Up wins additional prizes if the sum of the three numbers drawn matches the sum of the three player-chosen numbers, irrespective of the entry option, numbers matched or other prizes won.

North Carolina Lottery Game Schedule

The table below provides an overview of the schedule for each North Carolina lottery game.

Lottery Game MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Mega Millions 23:00 23:00
Powerball 23:00 23:00 23:00
Lucky for Life 22:30 22:30 22:30 22:30 22:30 22:30 22:30
Keno Every four minutes
Cash 5 23:22 23:22 23:22 23:22 23:22 23:22 23:22
Pick 4 15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22
Pick 3 15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22
15:00
23:22

North Carolina Lottery Odds and Jackpots

Although Pick 3 has the best odds, the most lucrative jackpots can be obtained through Mega Millions, Powerball and Lucky for Life. In Keno, the jackpot can reach $1 million by adding a Multiplier to the ticket.

Lottery Game Winning Odds Minimum Jackpot
Mega Millions 1 in 302,575,350 $40 million
Powerball 1 in 292,201,338 $40 million
Lucky for Life 1 in 30,821,472 $1,000 a day for life
($5.75 million if players take the lump-sum option)
Keno 1 in 8,911,711 $100,000
Cash 5 1 in 962,598 $100,000
Pick 4 1 in 10,000 $2,500
Pick 3 1 in 1,000 $250

North Carolina Lottery Advance Play Options

All North Carolina Lottery games have Advance Play options, with the number of draws that can be entered at once being highlighted in the table below.

Lottery Game No. of Advance Draws Players Can Enter
Pick 3 Up to 14
Pick 4 Up to 14
Keno Up to 20
Mega Millions Up to 26
Lucky for Life Up to 28
Cash 5 Up to 28
Powerball Up to 30

North Carolina Lottery Scratch-Offs

Scratch-offs can pay out multiple prizes, with jackpots typically being proportional to the cost of the scratch-off itself.

North Carolina Lottery scratch-offs range inprice from $1.00 to $30, with jackpots ranging from $2,100 to $10 million!

Lower-priced games have winning odds of around 1 in 5, with the more lucrative games having winning odds of around 1 in 3.

Detailed information about scratch-offs, prize tiers, payouts and odds is available on the official North Carolina Lottery website .

North Carolina Lottery Tax Information

The tables below highlight taxes payable on North Carolina Lottery prizes.

North Carolina Lottery Taxes for U.S. citizens and residents amount to 5.49% on prizes between $600 and $5,000, as detailed below.

Prize Value Tax Percentage
Between $600 and $5,000 State Taxes 5.49%

North Carolina Lottery Taxes for U.S. citizens and residents amount to 29.49% on prizes over $5,000, as detailed below.

Prize Value Tax Percentage
Over $5,000 State Taxes 5.49%
Federal Taxes 24%

North Carolina Lottery Taxes for non-U.S. citizens or non-residents amount to 5.49% on prizes between $600 and $5,000, as detailed below.

Prize Value Tax Percentage
Between $600 and $5,000 State Taxes 5.49%

North Carolina Lottery Taxes for non-U.S. citizens or non-residents amount to 35.49% on all prizes over $5,000, as detailed below.

Prize Value Tax Percentage
Over $5,000 State Taxes 5.49%
Federal Taxes 30%

How to Claim North Carolina Lottery Payouts

There are multiple ways that winnings can be collected in North Carolina.

Prizes of $599 or less can be claimed:

  • At North Carolina Lottery retailers
  • At North Carolina Lottery Claim Centers
  • At North Carolina Lottery Headquarters
  • By mail

For those playing online, prizes of $600 or less will automatically be deposited into their lottery accounts.

Prizes between $600 and $99,999 can be claimed:

  • At any North Carolina Lottery Claim Center
  • At North Carolina Lottery Headquarters
  • By mail

Online players will need to follow the claims process established in their online account to claim prizes between $600 and $99,999.

Prizes of $100,000 and over can only be claimed in person at North Carolina Lottery Headquarters. This is the same for online players, but with the claim process needing to be triggered through their online accounts.

All claims for prizes made by mail, including those exceeding $600, must include the signed winning lottery ticket, a copy of a valid photo ID displaying the claimant’s name, signature and age, a copy of the claimant’s Social Security card and the relevant Prize Claim Form.

The type of Prize Claim Form depends on the size of the prize, as detailed below, in addition to the EFT Form for electronic payment of prizes exceeding $100,000.

How to Contact the North Carolina Lottery

Operator Games Official Website Main Address Local Tel. No.
North Carolina Education Lottery Powerball
Mega Millions
Keno
Lucky for Life
Cash 5
Pick 4
Pick 3
https://nclottery.com/ 2728 Capital Blvd.,
Suite 144,
Raleigh,
NC 27604,
USA
1-866-934-0289

Which North Carolina Lottery scratch-off has the biggest jackpot?

Although the value of the most lucrative North Carolina Lottery scratch-offs change on a periodic basis, the biggest jackpot on offer is typically around $10 million.

Can I buy North Carolina Lottery tickets online?

Yes, North Carolina residents can buy lottery tickets online or from authorized North Carolina Lottery retailers.

How much tax is paid on North Carolina Lottery winnings?

Taxation on North Carolina Lottery winnings depends on player residency and citizenship.

For U.S. citizens and residents, 5.49% state tax is levied on all North Carolina Lottery prizes between $600 and $5,000.

For U.S. citizens and residents, 29.49% tax is levied on all North Carolina Lottery prizes over $5,000, of which 5.49% is state tax and 24% is federal tax.

Non-U.S. citizens or non-residents pay 5.49% state tax on all prizes between $600 and $5,000.

Non-U.S. citizens or non-residents pay 35.49% tax on all prizes over $5,000, of which 5.49% is state tax and 30% is federal tax.

How do North Carolina Lottery winners get paid?

Some North Carolina lottery games pay out regular instalments or lump sums, while others pay out lump sums only.

How long does it take to receive North Carolina Lottery winnings?

All prizes claimed in person at North Carolina Lottery Retailers, North Carolina Lottery Claim Centers and North Carolina Lottery Headquarters are generally paid out the same day.

All prizes claimed by mail will be processed in the order received. Although the North Carolina Lottery does not establish a specific timeline for payouts, players can expect to wait up to a month for winnings when paid by check.

Prizes of $100,000 or more, claimed in person or by mail, requested to be paid electronically rather than check, will generally be paid within three to five days of the claim being received.

How is the $1,000 a day Lucky for Life jackpot paid out?

Players who win the Lucky for Life jackpot will receive annual payments of $365,000 for the rest of their lives, or a lump sum of $5.75 million.

If there are multiple Lucky for Life jackpot winners, a lump sum of $5.75 million will be split equally between them.

Lucky for Life annuity payouts are guaranteed for a minimum of 20 years, so if the winner dies before receiving 20 years of payouts, the remaining payments will go to their estate.