If you play NC Cash 5 or are interested in learning, we've got the definitive guide for you!
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1) Carolina Cash 5 Drawing Time
11:22 pm EST
Sales Cut-Off Time
10:59 pm EST
2) Game Information
Carolina Cash 5, or as commonly referred, NC Cash 5, was first introduced to the state on October 27, 2006 and represented about 2.5% of NC Lottery ticket sales for FY2018.
In the most recent fiscal year, NC Cash 5 was one of just two NC Lottery games that experienced a sales decline.
North Carolina residents spent $6.29 per capita (average across all residents) on Carolina Cash 5 in the most recent fiscal year. However, looking at just 18+ residents (eligible players), North Carolina residents spent an average of $8.15 per year on Carolina Cash 5.
1 in 10.51
Yes. Up to 28 times.
Sales per NC Resident
Sale per NC Resident (18+)
3) How to Play NC Cash 5
Step 1: Pick five numbers from 1 to 43
Step 2: Decide if you will add the EZ Match for $1. Read more about EZ Match below.
Step 3: Choose to play 1 time or up to 28 consecutive draws (known as multi-draw)
That's it! Really easy to play. Now how do you win money?
The reference table below shows how each prize is won and the odds of winning. Since EZ Match is a separate instant game tied to Carolina Cash 5, the odds are shown separately.
4) NC Cash 5 Payout & Odds
Pari-mutuel (min $100,000)
1 in 962,598
1 in 5,066
1 in 136.9
1 in 11.41
*Prize may become pari-mutuel under certain conditions.
5) Carolina Cash 5 EZ Match Explained
So, what is the EZ Match? EZ Match is an instant game you can play that is printed on your NC Cash 5 play slip. It costs $1 additional per set of NC Cash 5 numbers played.
On your play slip, you will see a list of five EZ Match numbers. If any of those numbers MATCH your Cash 5 playing numbers, you win the prize amount shown next to the EZ Match number.
Pretty simple and fun instant game. The overall odds of winning on an EZ Match are 1 in 4.71, which is on par with some of the best NC $1 scratch-off odds.
However, if you are looking to hit big with the $500 or $250 top prizes, you might be better off skipping the EZ Match and playing that extra $1 on another Cash 5 ticket or even another game.
EZ Match Prize
EZ Match Odds
NC Cash 5 Odds
1 in 84,000
1 in 84,000
1 in 5,066
1 in 12,000
1 in 3,360
1 in 1,120
1 in 131.25
1 in 168
1 in 136.9
1 in 78.50
1 in 14.00
1 in 9.42
Sometimes game information can be confusing. We created a brief overview of some of the common terms used in Carolina Cash 5 that you should be familiar.
- quick pick (QP)
Pari-mutuel is a payout method that splits the total available prize money for a particular prize level between all winners of that prize level.
In Carolina Cash 5, the top prize is set with a minimum of $100,00 and will grow if there are no winners. However, in the event more than one person wins the jackpot, the top prize will be split among the winners.
Additionally, the second tier prize of $250 may become pari-mutuel if the number of winning tickets exceeds the expected number of winning tickets for that prize level.
A random set of playing numbers chosen by a lottery terminal. Players may choose to have the lottery terminal pick their playing numbers instead of choosing numbers on their own.
Multi-draw is playing the same set of numbers on consecutive drawings. While filling out a play slip, a player may choose to play the same set of numbers for up to 28 consecutive drawings for the Carolina Cash 5.
What days are drawings held?
7 days a week at approximately 11:22pm EST. However, ticket sales stop at 10:59pm EST.
How can I watch the drawings?
Can Carolina Cash 5 tickets be canceled?
No. All sales are final, so make sure to confirm your numbers prior to purchase.
What is the deadline for claiming a Carolina Cash 5 prize?
The claim period is 180 days after the draw date.
Is the top prize paid as a lump sum or an annuity?
All top prizes are paid in one lump sum payment.
What if I lose my ticket?
The individual in possession of an unsigned lottery ticket will be able to cash the ticket. Players should immediately sign the back of each ticket upon purchase.
Do I pay taxes on my lottery winnings?
Of course. The government always wants its cut. All prizes won are subject to Federal and State withholdings.
Can you explain what the odds mean?
Odds are the probability, or likelihood an event will occur. In the case of lottery prizes, you may see odds like 1 in 210,000. This means that the likelihood that prize will hit is once every 210,000 tries BUT does not mean it will occur exactly every 210,000 times.