Ultimate NC Lottery Insider’s Guide

NC Lottery Results

PowerBall logo
Latest Draw
Jackpot Estimate

Next Drawing:
MegaMillions logo
Latest Draw
Jackpot Estimate

Next Drawing:
Lucky 4 Life logo
Latest Draw
Top Prizes
Next Drawing:
Cash5 logo
Latest Draw
Jackpot Estimate

Next Drawing:
Pick4 logo
Daytime Draw
Monday, Nov 11
Pick4 Ball
4
Pick4 Ball
6
Pick4 Ball
8
Pick4 Ball
4
Pick4 plus sign
22
Evening Draw: Sunday, Nov 10
Pick4 Ball
8
Pick4 Ball
8
Pick4 Ball
2
Pick4 Ball
7
Pick4 plus sign
25
Pick3 logo
Daytime Draw
Monday, Nov 11
Pick3 Ball
8
Pick3 Ball
4
Pick3 Ball
0
Pick3 plus sign
12
Evening Draw: Sunday, Nov 10
Pick3 Ball
3
Pick3 Ball
4
Pick3 Ball
4
Pick3 plus sign
11

Do you play the NC Lottery?  Of course you do or you wouldn't be here!

If you are like us, you are tired of having to check multiple sites for all your North Carolina Lottery questions.  

You might visit one site for lottery results, another to check drawing times and do you even know a site to compare odds on every game?

We didn't either which is why we created the Ultimate NC Lottery Insider's Guide to be your one stop page for ALL things North Carolina Lottery.  Did we miss anything?  If so, let us know!

If you are short on time, feel free to jump around with our quick navigation.

1) NC Lottery At a Glance

Want some North Carolina Lottery facts to impress your friends?  Check out our shareable infographic from NC Lottery 2018 Fiscal Year.

NC Lottery Infographic

2) When Are Live Game Drawings and Sales Cut-Off Times?

Need a handy NC Lottery Live Drawing Calendar?  How about the cut-off time for ticket sales?  

Live Drawings

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3) NC Lottery Overall Odds Comparison

Being numbers geeks, we crunched all the numbers to create a definitive odds comparison of all current North Carolina Lottery games.

NC Lottery Games

Ticket Price

Overall Odds

Top Prize 

Top Prize Odds

Latest News

$1

1 in 10.51

Varies

1 in 962,598

$1

1 in 3.86 to 16.63

$100,000

1 in 8.9 Million

$1

1 in 1,000

$500

1 in 1,000

$1

1 in 10,000

$5,000

1 in 10,000

NC Lottery Scratch Offs

$1 - $30

1 in 2.80 - 9.45

Varies

$2

1 in 7.77

$1k/Day

1 in 30.8 Million

$2

1 in 24

Varies

1 in 302.6 Million

$2

1 in 24.87

Varies

1 in 292.2 Million

4) How to Play

With so many games to choose, new players might be intimidated with how to play many of the drawing games.  Below is a quick overview of each game but make sure to check out our complete guide to each game.  Links can be found within each game overview below.

  • PIck 3
  • pick 4
  • cash 5
  • Powerball
  • Mega Millions
  • keno
  • lucky for life

How to Play:  Pick five numbers from 1 to 48 and one Lucky Ball number from 1 to 18.

Match

Prize

5 Balls + LB

Jackpot

5 Balls

$1 Million

4 Balls + LB

$10,000

4 Balls

$500

3 Balls + LB

$200

3 Balls

$10

2 Balls + LB

$10

3 Balls

$10

1 Balls + PB

$4

0 Balls + PB

$2

To learn more about playing and odds, visit our NC Lucky For Life Guide.

5) Your Most Asked NC Lottery Questions Answered

We compiled a list of the most asked questions about the North Carolina Lottery.

Where can I buy NC Lottery Tickets?

Do I pay taxes on my lottery winnings?

Can I buy NC lottery tickets with a credit card?

If I win, can I remain anonymous?

What are the 3 letter codes on Scratch-off Tickets?

Got a question you want us to find the answer.  Reach out to us on our Contact Page and let us know!

6) Resources

Thanks to these great resources for providing the data used in our analysis.

North Carolina Education Lottery

US Census Bureau

Make to also check out our NC Lottery Game Guides