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Lottery to Launch New Game as Sales Soar

Posted February 25, 2008 3:49 p.m. EST
Updated February 26, 2008 5:25 p.m. EST

N.C. Education Lottery

— The North Carolina Education Lottery plans to launch a new daily game next month – just in time to take advantage of booming sales.

The lottery will add a mid-afternoon drawing of the Carolina Pick 3 game. The drawing will be held in addition to the nightly Pick 3 numbers.

Unlike the nightly drawing, the afternoon game won't be televised live. But the winning numbers will be posted online.

Lottery officials also said Monday that the state-run game set a record last week for ticket sales.

Sales for the past week reached $27.7 million, which is nearly $10 million higher than the weekly average, lottery director Tom Shaheen said.

“We are ecstatic to see the growth in sales,” Shaheen said in a statement. “The legislature gave the (lottery) more flexibility in determining prize payouts, and it’s starting to show some results. Our ultimate goal is to raise more money for education."