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July 17, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:00 AM
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When you’re looking for a new TV or kitchen appliance, do you shop around for the right one with the right price? What about when you’re cooking a new dish and need to search for and follow a recipe?

Some decisions don’t require much thought, while others might.

Just like you choose to be in the know with other decisions in your life, you also have the choice to be in the know when you play the lottery. Here’s a closer look at a few tools you have at your disposal.

Odds

Top prize, overall odds of winning? You asked, we’ve got them. You can find overall odds of winning on the back of scratch-off tickets but for more detailed odds information be sure to check out the Games section of our website.

Prize count/prizes remaining

Ever wanted to know how many top prizes a game delivers? We’ve got that information. Say you’ve found a game you love, but want to know how many prizes have been claimed. We’ve got that, too. It’s all updated every morning. Check it out here.

How to play

Daily N.C. jackpot game? How about a chance to be Lucky For Life? We’ve got a few draw games you might not be familiar with. That’s why we have detailed how to play information on our website and at play centers in retail locations across the state.

We know many of our players have heard this information before or might already know about it. But for the folks that might be new to the lottery, or maybe have never checked us out online, we wanted to share these tools with you, too.

Whether you prefer the thrill of scratch-off or the anticipation of a draw game, the more you know the more fun you’ll have playing our games.

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8/13/2019 08:57 - larry b.

am I the only one that is having problems with the GEO location system? 99 out of 100 tries I do not get connected. I do not try from my phone as it is a flip phone, I only use my computer. any help would be appreciated.thanksNC Lottery
Hi Larry, Sorry to hear you are having trouble with the geolocation system. We have a few suggestions that might help. First, make sure you have turned on location sharing in your browser settings. Then, double check that you have your wireless card enabled. If you have done both of those things and are still running into trouble, please give our Online Support team a call at 1-855-767-1863 so they can help figure this out.

8/12/2019 03:43 - Debra K.

When I see Someone has won BIG MONEY on a Scratch off ticket I would like to see what a Millionaire ticket really looks like. I think others would also.

8/09/2019 08:52 - Brian M.

Thanks!

8/08/2019 11:47 - Brian M.

Is there a way to see how many entries you have for certain second-chance drawings? For example, the Powerball New Year's Eve drawing or the X times the cash Second Chance drawings. I can find rewards entries for drawings where I have to enter points to win. I can't find a way to look up entries for scratch tickets that have second-chance drawings Etc. Thanks in advance for your help! Have a great day.NC Lottery
You sure can. You can see your total entries over on the "Draws" page here: https://rewards.nclottery.com/drawings. Be sure to click the second-chance tab at the top of that page. Once there, you will see all the active drawings that you have entries for and the totals. You can see your entry totals for past drawings by selecting "all" instead of "active" in the drop down on that page as well.

8/05/2019 09:47 - Berry B.

How do I get the scan on my phone is enter my second chances tickets??NC Lottery
Hi Berry! In order to use the ticket scanner, you'll need to download the NC Lottery mobile app (https://nclottery.com/MobileApp). Once you have the app downloaded, you can log into your account and then click the "Collect" icon. There, you can scan your tickets for Lucke-Rewards points and any tickets with second-chance drawings associated with them will be submitted automatically when you scan. You should receive a confirmation message once the ticket is successfully entered. Good luck!

8/05/2019 06:17 - jennie h.

@NC Lottery, thank you I will be waiting for help.

8/03/2019 12:26 - jennie h.

@NC Lottery, I am having issues scanning my tickets on the app to see if they are winners. When I scan a ticket the screen either freezes up or it says error try again. I have to keep closing the page and opening it again. It can take up to about 6 times to scan 1 ticket to get a result. I keep uninstalling it and reinstalling it and resetting my phone but it is not getting better. I have tried my husband's phone and my tablet and they do the same thing. I called the number you gave me a couple of weeks ago but they told me that there weren't any issues being reported. I also sent an email and got the same response. NC Lottery
Hi Jennie, I'm sorry to hear that you are still having difficulties. Let us message you directly during business hours to see what can be done to resolve your issues. Although I know your phone would be more convenient, most lottery retail locations have a ticket checker unit in their store that could be a back-up until your app difficulties can be resolved. Thank you.

7/30/2019 04:20 - TAmmy D.

a few years ago there were multiple games you could enter to win by collecting points off loosing scratch offs. Now the options are pathetic.NC Lottery
Sorry to hear you aren't liking our drawings lately, Tammy. We have new drawings each month so that players have different options to choose from when entering their points. Here's where you can find the most recent promotions: https://nclottery.com/Promotions

7/26/2019 08:20 - jennie h.

Steve L P I'm having problems checking tickets for winners. Screen freezes or shows error. I called the number that NC Lottery gave you twice and the woman that I talked to had no clue how to help me. I saw other people having issues but they said they were fixed, mine aren't. Good luck. NC Lottery
Hi Jennie, are you having geo-location issues or issues with your ticket scanner in the app?

7/22/2019 05:03 - patricia s.

Hey, I wish things were like 5 years ago. When new tickets came out you could get $100 or $500. Today you have to buy so maaaaannnnnny and still may not even win anything bigger than the cost of the tickets. People buy a lot of lottery but they are just no paying out anymore. We love the lottery but we want to win some money. Not just always spend money..The new tickets are not paying out...NC Lottery
Hi Patricia, Every time you play the lottery, it takes luck to beat the odds. That's true whether you play one ticket or 10. There's only ever a chance to win—never a guarantee. We wish every ticket could win a prize, but prize money comes from non-winning tickets. That's why $1 could win $1,000 or $10 could win $1 million.

7/20/2019 01:12 - greg s.

4/17 drawing for $100 , a winner needs to be announced NC Lottery
Thanks for the heads up, Greg. We'll check on that drawing to see if it got missed in the latest update or if a winner has not claimed yet.

7/20/2019 01:04 - greg s.

why does it take so long for closed drawings to be taken off website. It is July and closed drawings go back to april. NC Lottery
Hey Greg, Our web team leaves the past few months of drawings in the "active" tab so that players are easily able to find them to see the winners. After a few months pass they get moved over. We'll send a reminder to the web team to make sure they get moved in a timely manner.

7/18/2019 10:19 - Mary J.

I do not know how to enter my points please help!NC Lottery
Hi Mary, To enter a ticket into a second-chance drawing, all you need to do is click the "Collect" icon and scan or manually enter the ticket like you do for points. This will automatically enter you into the second-chance drawing.

7/18/2019 12:02 - Tim M.

@NC LOTTERY, all NC based? Why then is it so difficult to win ANYTHING? Now, the larger draw games are national, with ridiculous odds, but the Cash 5 is still less than one in a million. Even it seems impossible to win anything larger than a dollar, yet the Cash 5 seems to pay out every few days, just like before you decreased our odds of winning. Pick 3 and 4 are more winnable but it's still hard to win. You can pretty much forget scratch-offs, mostly break-even prizes or slightly better. My point? You'd think that NC-based games would be MUCH easier to win than national ones. It seems to make little difference?NC Lottery
Hi Tim, Every time you play the lottery, it takes luck to beat the odds. There's only ever a chance to win, never a guarantee. We hope your next ticket is lucky one!

7/18/2019 10:06 - Joe F.

Great information! For clarity when a scratch-off says that there are say “2” top prizes left, are both of those tickets with the top prize located some where in North Carolina, or could the “2” top prize tickets be anywhere in the USA that sells that specific scratch-off game?NC Lottery
Hi Joe, yes when a scratch-off says that there are 2 top prizes left those top prize will be located somewhere in North Carolina because the scratch off games are entirely NC based.

7/18/2019 07:03 - marvin p.

COULD U GUYS SOME HOW PUT PICK 3 AND PICK 4 DRAW GAMES ABLE TO PURCHASE THEM ON LINE ALSO!!! THAT WOULD BE SUCH A GREAT THING FOR PEOPLE WHO DONT WANT TO GO TO THE STORE AND RUN SLIPS EVERYDAY!! JUST A IDEAL I WISH WAS REALITY!NC Lottery
We appreciate the feedback, Marvin! We will pass along your comment to the folks who manage that program.

7/17/2019 11:15 - Tena S.

Great info, thanks! Will we ever be able to play Pick 3 and 4 games via subscription?NC Lottery
Thanks for asking, Tena. Right now we don't have plans to add Pick 3 and Pick 4 to Online Play, but that's not to say it can't change in the future. We're always looking for ways to meet our players requests, so we will share this with the folks who handle those decisions.

7/17/2019 12:51 - Steve L. P.

I'm still having difficulty with online play due to the current geotracking system. I've tried everything and wonder if others are having the same experience on a pc or laptop?NC Lottery
Hey Steve, Some users have reported issues similar to this. We have a few suggestions. First try enabling your location sharing in your browser settings. Then, make sure you have your wireless card turned on. Doing those two things should help, but if they don't you can give our online support team a call at 1-855-767-1863 and they can see what else we can do to help.

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