Frequently Asked Questions
How do I play?
Look for the lottery sign in your favorite local stores and ask for a Lucky for Life® ticket. Dates (like birthdays and anniversaries) are popular choices, but choose any 5 numbers you want between 1 and 48. Then pick 1 “Lucky Ball” number between 1 and 18. Or, skip the play slip and our computer can pick lucky numbers for you! We have drawings every Monday & Thursday, and you can check the numbers here anytime.
Tickets are sold by 26 different lotteries – check out the complete list here.
What is a playslip?
Also called a “bet slip,” the playslip is an easy way to identify your numbers before you purchase your ticket. Just ask a cashier for one and let the game begin! If you don’t want to pick the numbers, our computer can do it for you.
How much does it cost?
What are “for life” prizes?
You don’t just win once with Lucky for Life, you win FOR LIFE. The top prize of $1,000 a day, FOR LIFE is paid weekly and the second prize is $25,000 a year, FOR LIFE paid yearly. These prizes stick around for a minimum of 20 years or even longer – as long as you’re around!
In some cases, these prizes may be paid on a split-prize liability and will be lower than these published prize levels. Refer to your state’s official game rules for a detailed explanation.
How do I know if I’ve won?
Your ticket is a winner if your numbers match the winning numbers in one of ten different ways. Prizes range from $3 all the way up to $1,000 a day, FOR LIFE. You can check your numbers here anytime or bring your ticket to a lottery retailer have it checked there.
Where can I watch the drawings?
You can watch the drawings here anytime.
How long do I have to claim my prize?
Tickets expiration dates vary from state to state. Check with your local lottery to determine how long you have to claim your prize.
What are the odds of winning a prize?
The overall odds are 1 in 7.8, based on a $2.00 wager. For individual odds by prize, visit our Odds & Prizes page.
Can I cash in a ticket I bought in another state?
Winning tickets have to be redeemed in the same jurisdiction in which they were purchased.
I have a question not answered here, who do I contact?
Please fill out our contact form or call your local lottery. We are happy to help you!
Frequently Asked Questions How do I play? Look for the lottery sign in your favorite local stores and ask for a Lucky for Life® ticket. Dates (like birthdays and anniversaries) are popular
The 10 Best NC Lottery Scratch Offs This Month!
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NC Lottery Scratch Off Odds
North Carolina Education Lottery scratch off tickets vary from one game to the next. Not just the catchy names or ticket price either.
Each scratcher game has its own odds of winning. Those odds vary from game to game and even between similar prizes. No two instant games are the same.
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About Overall Odds
The simplest way to compare North Carolina Education Lottery scratch off odds is using the “overall odds”.
The overall odds of winning are the odds of winning ANY prize in a scratch off game.
The overall odds remain the same throughout the life of a game and are typically printed on the back of a scratch ticket.
If you want to know the best chances to win anything on your scratch off, the overall odds are the way to go.
The overall odds are available from the NCEL website. If you had spare time, you could collect the overall odds on each game. Create yourself a ranked list.
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Keep scrolling for the Top 10 List of North Carolina Lottery scratch off games with best overall odds of winning this month.
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