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Advertisements Release Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Posted Date: Thursday, May 15, 2008

North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL)
Raleigh, NC

NCEL - EDUCATION LOTTERY IS OFF TO THE RACES!
-Powerball Drawing Taking Place Live from Concord-
CONCORD - The North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) is teaming up with Lowe’s Motor Speedway for two exciting weekends of racing action starting Friday, May 16. Not only will the nationally televised Powerball drawing take place on May 17 near the main entrance of Lowe’s, but multiple events and promotions will give race fans the opportunity to interact with the NCEL and win prizes!

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The North Carolina Education Lottery 200. On Friday, May 16, the North Carolina Education Lottery is proud to sponsor the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, which will kick off the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Weekend. This race will be broadcast nationally on the “SPEED” channel.

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Super Fan Promotion with WCNC-TV. Through WCNC’s online Weekly Race Challenge promotion, Carley Rooks of Rocky Mount and John Hass II of Charlotte won the honors of being grand marshal and honorary starter at the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on May 16. The grand marshal and honorary starter will drop the green flag to start the race and say the most famous words in racing, “Drivers, start your engines.”

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Live Powerball Drawing. On Saturday, May 17, at 10:59 p.m., the nationally viewed Powerball drawing will be broadcast live by WCNC-TV nationwide from the vendor/hospitality area near the Avenue of Flags (the main entrance to Lowe’s Motor Speedway). The drawing will be open to all fans to watch. The drawing normally takes place at a studio in West Des Moines, Iowa and is broadcast live across the country to the 31 Powerball lottery jurisdictions that are members of the multi-state game, but for the second time, the drawing will take place in North Carolina.

The public will be able to see drawing host Mike Pace spin the Power Play multiplier wheel and announce the winning numbers as they come up in the drawing machines. The numbers are drawn in the presence of multi-state lottery draw officials, an independent auditor and a security official. With the assistance of WCNC-TV, the drawing show will be up-linked to nearly 100 television stations nationwide beginning at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. In addition to watching it on WCNC, the public can come watch it in person or they can view the live drawing on WRAL (Raleigh), WITN (Eastern NC), WYCW (Western NC) or WILM (Wilmington).

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Speedway Riches Scratch-off Ticket Promotion. To help promote the NCEL’s partnership with Lowe’s Motor Speedway, a scratch-off ticket was created that incorporates the Lowe’s Beast of the Southeast logo and offers players over $4.5 million in cash prizes! On May 15 and 16, race fans can receive a free pair of tickets to the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 by bringing five (5) non-winning “Speedway Riches” instant scratch-off lottery tickets to Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Five hundred pairs of tickets will be given away. Offer is good while supplies last. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

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On-Site Lottery Ticket Sales. The NCEL will sell lottery tickets at Lowe’s Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend May 16-17 and the Coca- Cola 600 race weekend May 22-25. Race fans who purchase tickets can spin the prize wheel to win fun lottery merchandise.







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