What are NC Lottery Scratcher Codes?

By: Jared James, Founder

You just got home from a long day of work.  You’re ready for some me time.  And you know what that means…

It’s time to play some NC Lottery scratch offs!

You whip out your lucky coin and quickly scratch away the silver foil.  Got a winner?  Are you sure?

Countless stories exist of players scratching off what they thought were losing tickets only to later find out they had a winner.

Sometimes a BIG winner.  Could you be one of them?

You don’t want to drive back to the store tonight.  But you really want to know if you hit a prize.

You suddenly remember the rumors about lottery scratch off codes being able to tell if you won.

But what are they?  And can you really use them to know if you won?

What are NC Lottery Scratch Off Codes?

Scratcher codes, also known as validation codes, were originally used by North Carolina Lottery retailers in the event their lottery terminals went down.   Stores could still validate the ticket in order to pay a player.

Scratcher codes were also known to mislead players.  Many state lotteries reported players mistakenly throwing out winning tickets when they misread the validation code.

My heart just dropped.  Can you even imagine?

Today, technology has come a long way.  Validation codes aren’t needed like in the past.   Instant games contain barcodes for faster validation.

Reported Scratcher Codes

While the North Carolina Lottery doesn’t rely on scratcher codes anymore, we’ve compiled a list of codes players have reported using in the past.

The following codes should be used for entertainment purposes only. We can’t stress enough to NOT rely on scratcher codes as a means of validation.

Instead, get your instant tickets verified at an official lottery retailer.  Or visit the North Carolina Education Lottery website to stay up to date on the latest verification options.





























Note: Winning ticket over $25 have not been reported to contain consistent validation codes.