Carolina Cash 5

Game Overview

Game Information

Carolina Cash 5, or as commonly referred, NC Cash 5, was first introduced to the state on October 27, 2006.

Game Information
Ticket Price
Overall Odds
1 in 10.51
Yes. Up to 28 times
Quick Pick
EZ Match
$1 each
Draw Dates
Draw Times
11:22 pm EST
Sales Cut-Off Time
10:59 pm EST

How to Play

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.

Prizes & Odds

Play Type
Prize Payout
5 Balls
Pari-mutuel (min $100,000)
1 in 962,598
4 Balls
1 in 5,066
3 Balls
1 in 136.9
2 Balls
1 in 11.41
*Prize may become pari-mutuel under certain conditions

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
1 in 84,000
1 in 84,000
1 in 12,000
1 in 3,360
1 in 1,120
1 in 131.25
1 in 168
1 in 78.5
1 in 14.0
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.


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.



7 days a week at approximately 11:22pm EST. However, ticket sales stop at 10:59pm EST.


No. All sales are final, so make sure to confirm your numbers prior to purchase.


The claim period is 180 days after the draw date.


All top prizes are paid in one lump sum payment.


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.


Of course. The government always wants its cut. All prizes won are subject to Federal and State withholdings.


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.