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NC lottery players can soon subscribe to jackpot games

Posted September 12, 2013

— North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Thursday that they will launch a subscription service in November to allow players to buy tickets for its three jackpot games – Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5 – online.

The service is designed for lottery players who want to get a set of numbers for multiple drawings in advance. A subscription to at least two weeks of drawings for one of the three games is required – players cannot use the service to buy a single ticket – and the tickets can be purchased using a debit card or electronic fund transfer.

At least 11 other state lotteries, including Virginia and Georgia, already provide a type of subscription service to their players, officials said.

“By making a subscription service available for players who like to buy tickets in advance, we’re making those purchases more convenient and providing better customer service,” lottery director Alice Garland said in a statement. “The service is also geared to people who are not currently buying tickets for the jackpot games at a traditional lottery retailer. Together, those increases in sales will increase the benefits we provide to education in our state.”

Subscriptions will be limited to players in North Carolina, and their ages and identities will be verified to ensure they are at least 18 years old before tickets are sold, officials said. As with other games, the lottery will limit the number of tickets a player can purchase through the subscription.

Winnings under $600 would be transferred automatically to the accounts players set up for the service. Larger prizes would have to be claimed at regional lottery offices or the Raleigh headquarters.


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  • 426X3 Sep 13, 2013

    This is a real shame.

  • zenonx6 Sep 13, 2013

    A direct link to share your money with other states. BLAH !!!!

  • common tater Sep 13, 2013

    Seems like it will hurt the convenience stores...some of them only get the lotto machine to draw people in to buy other stuff. So now on-line gambling is legal in NC...as long as the money goes to the state only.

  • Jack Flash Sep 13, 2013

    I was in favor of having a lottery b/c I really believed it was going to be as beneficial for education as Georgia's, but it hasn't worked out that way at all. Now that the beneficial effects are off the table, it all just seems like a way to prey upon the poor.

  • lec02572 Sep 13, 2013

    For those who have a gambling problem, this should really help.

  • A person Sep 13, 2013

    More opportunity to be a loser

  • hottabs75 Sep 13, 2013

    It's about time! I tried keeping my Virginia subscription after I moved here, but it was a no-go, and I haven't played since. Too inconvenient.

  • lisaclark2 Sep 13, 2013

    Awesome... I'll play now.

  • westernwake1 Sep 12, 2013

    WOW. But of course these are the same folks want to keep online poker and remotely betting in Vegas illegal.

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Sep 12, 2013

    Sounds like a winner!!