- Three main types of NC lottery games using numbers
- Learn how to check to see if you have a winning ticket
- Learn the most popular winning numbers drawn in NC draw games
Whether you are new to the lottery or a seasoned pro, you know that numbers play a vital role in almost every lottery game. How the numbers come into play, however, vary game to game.
Everything You Need to Know About NC Lottery Numbers
Whether you’re playing a Draw game, a Scratch Off or Fast Play, NC Lottery numbers are the name of the game. So, let’s get into how the numbers come into play with all your favorite NC Lottery games.
Scratch Off Games
Scratch off games differ game to game but essentially the premise is pretty much the same. With any “number” style of game play, the goal is to match any of YOUR NUMBERS to any of the WINNING NUMBERS to win PRIZE shown for that number.
Fast Play games are printed at the time of purchase and can be played immediately like a scratch-off game: Match any of YOUR NUMBERS to any of the WINNING NUMBERS, win the PRIZE shown for that number.
Each game is played separately. And you can see if you’ve won immediately when you play or you can use the ticket checker at any retail location or the lottery mobile app to determine your win.
This is where the numbers get interesting. You get to choose your numbers when playing a draw game or you can choose Quick Pick to have the terminal randomly pick the numbers for you or simply ask your retailer for a Quick Pick.
Once you have your numbers selected, check the drawing results. (Each draw game has its own draw dates and times.) You’re looking for your numbers to match the winning numbers drawn.
How to check your NC Lottery numbers
You can also check your numbers at authorized lottery retailers by using self-service terminals or asking the retailer to scan your ticket.
NC Lottery offers an App to check winning numbers and results conveniently on your smartphone. So, you can check your tickets (for draw games and/or scratch-offs) to see if you have a winner.
The Most Popular Numbers for Mega Millions Jackpots
At LottoEdge, we analyzed all the past winning Mega Millions jackpots for the most popular winning numbers. We found 2, 4, 5, 11, 23, 26, 31, 33, 39 and 53 were the most popular Mega Millions numbers for winning a jackpot. And for the Mega Ball pools, the most frequent number was 10.
The Most Popular Numbers for Powerball Jackpots
We also analyzed all the past winning Powerball jackpots for the most popular winning numbers. We found 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 23 and 52 were the most popular numbers for winning a jackpot. And for the Powerball, the most frequent numbers were 10 and 17.
What is the most popular 3-digit lottery number in NC?
Of course, we analyzed all prior Pick 3 winning combinations and found the most popular winning numbers were 1, 2 and 6 in North Carolina.