NC Lucky for Life

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We created a quick reference guide for both seasoned and new players of North Carolina Lucky for Life.  Feel free to jump around with the quick navigation below.

1) Game Information

The North Carolina Lucky for Life,  also known as Lucky 4 Life, was first introduced to the state on February 8, 2016 and represented about 0.7% of NC Lottery ticket sales for FY2018.  In the most recent fiscal year, the NC Lucky for Life Lottery game was one of just two NC Lottery games that experienced a sales decline.

In fiscal year 2018, North Carolina residents spent $1.85 per capita (average across all residents) on NC Lucky for Life.  However, looking at just 18+ residents (eligible players), North Carolina residents spent an average of $2.39 per year on Lucky for Life.

Game Information

Ticket Price


Overall Odds

1 in 7.77


Yes.  Up to 26 times.

Quick Pick


Draw Dates

Monday & Thursday

Draw Times

11:45 pm EST

Sales Cut-Off Time

9:30 pm EST

Want all game Draw Times and Sales & Cut -offs?  Check out our NC Lottery Drawing Calendar.

2) How to Play

Step 1:  Pick five numbers from 1 to 48

Step 2: Pick a Lucky Ball number from 1 to 18

Step 3: Choose to play 1 time or 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.

3) NC Lucky for Life Prizes & Odds

Lucky for Life Odds Chart




Overall Odds 1 in 10.51

5 Balls + LB

$1,000/day for life*

1 in 30,821,472

5 Balls

$25,000/year for life*

1 in 1,813,028

4 Balls + LB


1 in 143,356

4 Balls


1 in 8,433

3 Balls + LB


1 in 3,413

3 Balls


1 in 201

2 Balls + LB


1 in 250

2 Balls


1 in 15

1 Ball + LB


1 in 50

0 Balls + LB


1 in 32

*Prizes are guaranteed for a minimum for 20 years.  Prizes may become pari-mutuel (shared equally among all winders of the prize tier) under certain conditions.

Want to compare the Lucky for Life odds to other games?  Check out our NC Lottery Odds Chart

4) Terminology

Sometimes game information can be confusing.  We created a brief overview of some of the common terms used in Lucky for Life that you should be familiar.

  • Pari-mutuel
  • quick pick (QP)
  • Multi-draw

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 26 consecutive drawings for the Carolina Lucky for Life.

5) FAQs

What days are drawings held?

How can I watch the drawings?

What is considered "For Life"?

Can I use a playslip from another Lucky for Life state?

What is the deadline for claiming a Lucky for Life prize?

Can I get a lump sum payment fro the "For Life" prizes?

Can Lucky for Life tickets be canceled?

What if I lose my ticket?

Do I pay taxes on my lottery winnings?

What is an exchange ticket?

Can you explain what the odds mean?

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