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North Carolina Education Lottery Timeline

August 31, 2005Legislation creating lottery signed into law
September, 2005NCEL Commission members appointed
October 6, 2005Initial meeting of NCELC
November 17, 2005Tom Shaheen appointed Director, NCEL
December 5, 2005Tom Shaheen begins work
December 12, 2005NCELC voted to join multi-state Powerball
January 12, 2006Retail applications posted on web
January 30, 2006Instant ticket and online games contracts awarded to GTECH
February 3, 20065028 retail applications received
February 13, 2006First retail equipment installed
March 6, 2006First retailer trained
March 9, 2006First scratch off tickets unveiled
March 10, 2006Tickets delivered to warehouse
March 18, 20064000th retailer installed
March 27, 2006Lottery advertising begins
March 28, 2006Instant tickets shipped to all approved retailers
March 30, 2006Education lottery begins retail sales
March 30, 2006Education lottery website live
March 31, 2006First $100,000 winner comes to Headquarters
April 18, 2006Two new scratch off games introduced
May 30, 2006Powerball sales began
May 31, 2006First Powerball draw and first Powerball $200,000 winner
June 7, 2006Player wins $1 million by powerplaying Powerball
July 22, 2006Staff moved into permanent offices-Yonkers Road
August 26, 2006Live Powerball drawing in Durham
September 29, 2006Unveil Carolina Hurricanes ticket
October 6, 2006Carolina Pick 3 sales began
October 19, 2006First transfer to beneficiary programs--$50 million
October 20, 2006Broke $500,000,000 in sales
October 27, 2006Carolina Cash 5 sales began
October 29, 2006First Carolina Cash 5 jackpot winner
October 31, 2006First Holiday Tickets, first $10 ticket on sale
November 29, 2006First Powerball Jackpot winner--$74.5 million
December 8, 2006Retired first instant scratch-off games
February 16, 2007 Powerball Jackpot winner, Jackie Alston, comes forward
March 30, 2007 First anniversary-NASCAR promo-first second chance drawing
May 11, 2007Sizzlin' Millionaire Raffle tickets go on sale
May 12, 2007Sales surpass $1 billion
June 30, 2007Sizzlin' Millionaire Raffle tickets sell out
July 4, 2007First raffle draw
July 10, 2007Introduce "Big Ol' Bucks" tickets and BOB the pirate
September 10, 2007Carolina Cash 5 Mustang Madness-first promo to give away cars
September 26, 2007Phil Morgan wins the first Cash 5 Mustang
September 26, 200732 players pick 4 of 5 white balls and Powerball based on TV show
November 11, 2007Merry Millionaire Raffle tickets go on sale
November 21, 2007NCEL conducts its first interim raffle draw for MMR
December 27, 2007Merry Millionaire Raffle draw
January 8, 2008$100 Million Cash Spectacular ticket with 73% prize payout goes on sale
February 12, 2008Farmville man wins first $1M annuity with $100 M Cash Spectacular
February 29, 2008Monthly sales top $100 million
March 27, 2008Harley ticket launched
March 31, 2008Mid-day Pick 3 draw begun
April 17, 2008First Harley Fat Boy awarded
May 3, 2008Total sales top $2 B
May 16, 2008NCEL 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race
May 17, 2008Live Powerball drawing at Lowe's Motor Speedway
June 7, 2008Annual sales top $1B
June 30, 2008Transfers to education $350 million meet legislative budget
August 1, 2008First Ford F-150 Lariat awarded
August 5, 2008$130M Blockbuster goes on sale-first win for life grand prize
August 4, 2008NCEL drawing room completed and ready to handle entries for second chance drawings
September 8, 2008Charlotte college student wins first $1M annuity with $130 M Blockbuster
October 21, 2008First interim draw for $130M Blockbuster - win $50,000 a year for life conducted at NCEL drawing room
January 7, 2009First draw with Powerball matrix changes, Florida as a new member, and minimum $20 million jackpot
February 25, 2009DOND Drawing for 5 players to travel to Hollywood
February 26, 2009Surpassed $3 billion in sales
March 31, 2009Highest transfer to date - $114 million, bringing life-to-date transfers to over $1.032 billion
March 31, 2009Win Before It Begins Harley giveaway at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte
April 17, 2009Carolina Pick 4 added to NCEL games
May 9, 2009NCEL receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for first time
June 20, 2009Second Powerball jackpot winner sold in North Carolina - $88.1 million
June 23, 2009Partial 4th quarter transfer brings fiscal year to targeted goal of $385.5 million with 3 weeks to go in fiscal year
June 23, 2009Second Powerball jackpot winner comes forward - Jeff Wilson of Kings Mountain
July 1, 2009Final FY09 transfer brings fiscal year total to $410,876,050 and life-to-date total to $1,136,246,030
July 14, 2009World Series of Poker ticket launched; first ticket with chance to sit at the table for World Series of Poker; first online entry only draw
July 21, 2009NCEL receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence for Public Annual Financial Report for the first time; only state lottery in 2009 to receive the award
August 11, 2009NCEL joins Twitter and begins tweeting for first time
August 12, 2009$130 Million Blockbuster final draw; awarded grand prize of $50,000 a year for life to Darlene MacQuaide of Fayetteville
September 22, 2009NCEL launches Facebook fan page
October 6, 2009First $20 ticket, $200 Million Cash Extravaganza, available for sale; odds 1:2.65
October 7, 2009NCEL receives Public Gaming Research Institute’s Sharp Award for Good Causes for the greatest percentage increase in dollars to beneficiary programs of any state lottery
October 19, 2009 First $3 million winner on $20 ticket, $200 Million Cash Extravaganza
October 20, 20091000 Facebook fans
November 2, 2009NCEL Commission votes to join the Mega Millions game
November 29, 20091000 followers on Twitter
December 1, 2009First virtual game offered to enhance second chance drawing opportunity on Super Monopoly
January 26, 2010The Price is Right instant scratch-off ticket launched; includes second chance drawing to travel to Las Vegas to play a non-broadcast The Price is Right game
January 31, 2010NCEL begins selling MegaMillions tickets
February 8, 2010Frank Griffin wins Powerball jackpot of $141 million
March 4, 2010Price Is Right first second chance drawing for trip to Las Vegas
March 12, 2010Facebook and Twitter reach 5,000 fans and followers
March 30, 2010First Lottery to Go machine installed at the Realo in Kinston; this machine sells instant and online games
May 28, 2010First MegaMillions jackpot winning ticket sold in Greensboro
June 28, 2010Final FY10 transfer brings total for education to $419,463,272, exceeding the FY10 revised budget; life to date transfers to education equal $1,555,709,301.48
June 30, 2010NCEL receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for second time
July 2, 2010Tickets for third NCEL raffle, Cash Splash Millionaire Raffle, go on sale with top prize of $1 million after taxes
July 19, 2010The NCEL transfers $419 million to the state Education Lottery Fund - the most ever in a single year - bringing the total amount to $1.556 billion. Achieved record year in sales of $1,421,313,102, up 9.9 percent from FY09 (based on uncertified results through June 30, 2010)
August 13, 20102000 followers on Twitter
August 16, 2010Tom Shaheen, the NCEL's executive director since startup, announces he is leaving his post. Alice Garland, deputy executive director for legislative and corporate communications, is named acting director
September 19, 20106,000 fans “like” the NCEL on Facebook
October 26, 2010The NCEL transfers $99.4 million to the State Education Lottery Fund, raising the total to $1.655 billion to education since startup
January 18, 2011Alice Garland, who had served as Acting Executive Director since August 16, 2010, is named new Executive Director of the NCEL
February 4, 2011Michael Stutts wins largest instant ticket prize in NCEL history ever awarded: $200,000 a year for life, $4 million guaranteed
February 9, 2011Combined audience on Facebook & Twitter surpasses 10,000
February 24, 2011The Player's Club launches.
February 27, 2011Daily afternoon Pick 4 drawings and Sunday afternoon Pick 3 drawings launch
March 2011Best week of sales ever leads to best month of sales ever, driving best quarter of sales in NCEL history
March 28, 2011WLOS-TV Asheville begins airing NCEL drawings on 11 p.m. newscasts
March 30, 2011The NCEL celebrates five years of sales, prizes and returns to the state
June 27, 2011Achieved $6.36 billion in total sales since inception
June 29, 2011Earnings for the state exceed $2 billion with record transfer of $446.9 million
July 22, 20113000 followers on Twitter
August 18, 2011NCEL receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for third time
November 25, 2011The World Lottery Association, an international organization representing 140 lotteries from 90 countries, awards the NCEL the Level 2 certification in its responsible gaming program.
January 26, 2012NCEL transfers $111.6 million to the State Education Lottery Fund, raising the total to $2.2 billion to education since startup
March 30, 2012NCEL posts records sales of Mega Millions tickets as the jackpot soars to $656 million
April 26, 2012NCEL transfers $127 million to the State Education Lottery Fund, raising the total to $2.35 billion to education since startup
June 28, 2012 Final FY12 transfers of $102.8 million bring the annual total transferred to education to $456.7 million. The cumulative total transferred to education is $2.45 billion since startup.
June 30, 2012 Lottery concludes FY12 with annual sales of $1.59 billion, bringing the cumulative total to more than $7.9 billion since startup
July 25, 2012 Lottery announces that 33 prizes of $1 million or more were awarded in FY12, with an estimated $953 million in total prizes paid during the year
August 28, 2012 Four new games begin that offer players the chance to win as much as $5,000 a week for life. The guaranteed value of the prizes represent the largest ever offered on instant tickets at $1, $2, $5, and $10 per play
October 1, 2012Lucke-Rewards goes live, allowing players to enter tickets online for points they can use to enter exclusive drawings for cash and other prizes.
October 25, 2012Lottery transfers $121.1 million for education to the state, bringing life-to-date transfers to over $2.58 billion.
November 28, 2012NCEL posts records sales of Powerball tickets as the jackpot soars to $587 million
January 28, 2013Lottery transfers $117.4 million for education to the state, bringing life-to-date transfers to over $2.69 billion.
January 28, 20134000 followers on Twitter
February 22, 2013Rusty Hunter wins top prize playing $4,000,000 Gold Bullion game. No NCEL player has ever won a larger guaranteed prize instantly.
March 3, 2013Homer Buffaloe wins $1,144,821 - the largest unsplit jackpot in the history of the game.
March 21, 201325,000 likes on Facebook
April 9, 2013Emily Stone wins the Holiday Millions second-chance drawing for $3 million - the largest prize of its kind awarded in NCEL history.
April 25, 2013Lottery transfers $120.6 million for education to the state, bringing life-to-date transfers to over $2.8 billion.
May 18, 2013Powerball jackpot reaches a record $590.5 million.
June 26, 2013The lottery surpasses $1 billion in fiscal year instant ticket sales for the first time.
June 27, 2013FY13 transfers to education total $461.3 million. The cumulative total transferred to education is $2.92 billion since the lottery began.
June 30, 2013Lottery concludes FY13 with annual sales of $1.69 billion, bringing the cumulative total to more than $9.6 billion since startup.
August 9, 2013Dan Royal, who previously won $750,000 instantly, is introduced as a top prize winner in the $5,000 a Week for Life! game. His second stroke of luck, worth at least $5.2 million, makes him the biggest two-time lottery winner in NCEL history.
September 10, 2013On the 2,721st day since the lottery began selling tickets on March 30, 2006, the NCEL reaches the $10 billion sales milestone.
October 19, 2013New Mega Millions game begins with new number matrix, bigger starting jackpots, and bigger match five prizes.
October 24, 2013Lottery transfers $153.8 million for education to the state – the largest quarterly transfer in its history – bringing life-to-date transfers to more than $3.07 billion.
November 22, 2013Everette Sloop Jr. becomes first player in the country to win $3 million playing the new Mega Millions game.
December 5, 2013Web-based subscription service launches as part of the Lucke-Zone, allowing players to buy multi-draw tickets for Carolina Cash 5, Mega Millions and Powerball.
January 10, 2014Pick 3 players haul in $3.4 million in prizes when the combination 8-8-8 appears in the evening drawing.
February 4, 2014Green & Gold instant ticket first in North Carolina with "Back Scratch" feature that lets players try their luck on both sides of the ticket.
March 30, 2014EZ match feature added to Carolina Cash 5. For an additional $1, players can win up to $500 instantly.
June 30, 2014Lottery ends the fiscal year with $503.1 million in earnings for education.
July 10, 2014$2 million Powerball winner says she'll fund scholarship at Shaw University.
September 7, 2014Tickets for All or Nothing - North Carolina's first new draw game in four and a half years - go on sale.
September 16, 2014NCEL becomes 5th lottery to achieve WLA Level 3 certification for Responsible Gaming.
October 7, 2014In a first for the lottery industry, the NCEL launches Papa John's scratch-off game that offers the chance to win cash prizes and a free or discounted food item on every ticket.
November 26, 2014Onslow County farm worker from Hubert becomes first player to win $250,000 top prize playing All or Nothing.
February 1, 2015New 1-OFF play type begins for Pick 3 and Pick 4 players.
February 23, 2015Marie Holmes of Shallotte in Brunswick County claims $188 million jackpot to become North Carolina's fourth Powerball jackpot winner and the largest lottery winner in state history.
February 25, 2015Winning instant tickets become eligible for Lucke-Rewards points.
March 3, 2015Lucke-Zone mobile app launches allowing players to scan their tickets for Lucke-Rewards points and second-chance entry.
April 7, 2015New Trucks & Bucks game offers chances to win cash, new trucks.
April 7, 2015On the lottery’s 3,295th day of business, just eight days after the lottery marked its 9th birthday, ticket sales reach $13 billion. With this milestone comes $3.8 billion in earnings for education for North Carolina.
April 16, 2015$754,482 Cash 5 jackpot, largest of the year, split by lucky tickets sold in Charlotte and Winston-Salem.
June 28, 2015FOX8 (WGHP-TV) becomes lottery's Triad draw station.
June 30, 2015Lottery ends the fiscal year with $521.2 million in earnings for education.
July 15, 2015James Lampi Jr., a contractor from Mint Hill, claims a $4 million prize. He did so after several weeks of driving around without realizing he had a winning $200 Million Blowout ticket in his truck.
July 15, 2015Lottery announces new Play At The Pump service. The new service, available initially at 120 retailers, provides lottery players the convenience of entering a drawing in one of the jackpot games – Powerball, Mega Millions or Carolina Cash 5 – while pumping gas. NCEL is the fourth state lottery to provide this technology.
August 18, 2015Bill and April Richee of Winston-Salem claim their second Carolina Cash 5 jackpot in four years, winning $260,278 in the Aug. 8 drawing. In September 2011, they won half of a $234,832 jackpot for a share of $117,416.
September 1, 2015North Carolina's first scented scratch-off ticket, BBQ Bucks, is introduced. It smells like smoky BBQ.
September 1, 2015The state's first $30 ticket, Ultimate Millions, goes on sale with a total of 25 prizes from $1 million to $10 million.
September 21, 2015Lexington couple wins largest scratch-off prize in state history. Dale and Robin Summey won the first $10 million prize in the Ultimate Millions game.
November 23, 2015Lottery moves Greensboro office to new location.
December 1, 2015Six versions of new Lucky Dog scratch-off tickets go on sale featuring distinctive breeds – and the chance to win up to $30,000 instantly.
January 6, 2016Lottery announced IGT has been awarded a new contract for gaming systems and Scientific Games has been awarded the instant ticket and related services contract.
January 13, 2016Powerball ticket sales helped to set a new single-day record for lottery ticket sales in the state of $27.8 million, including $20.9 million from Powerball alone.
February 7, 2016Tickets go on sale for Lucky for Life, the lottery's third multistate draw game. Unlike Powerball and Mega Millions that have jackpots that grow larger, the game features a unique set top prize of $1,000 a Day for Life.
February 15, 2016Gina Short of Mecklenburg County wins $1 million in the first Ultimate Millions second-chance drawing. She said it means a fresh start as she continued her fight against breast cancer.
March 30, 2016The lottery marks its 10th Anniversary with $4.2 billion for education earned in a decade.
May 4, 2016Gina Short, who less than three months earlier won $1 million in a second-chance drawing, wins big again – this time winning the top prize of $250,000 playing All or Nothing.
May 15, 2016A new version of Carolina Cash 5 begins, with an updated matrix and odds designed to create faster-growing, larger jackpots.
May 16, 2016David Harris, a truck driver from Rocky Mount, becomes the second player to win North Carolina’s largest scratch-off prize of $10 million on an Ultimate Millions ticket.
May 17, 2016The lottery announces partnership with Jeffrey Earnhardt for two races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The fourth-generation racer is the grandson of racing legend Dale Earnhardt and nephew of the iconic Dale Earnhardt Jr.
May 25, 2016Ralph Havis, the long-time owner of the Beef Burger restaurant in Greensboro, has a third helping of good luck, adding $1 million to his twin wins of $150,000. He won all three prizes in the span of less than two years.
June 30, 2016For a 10th year in a row, the lottery finishes the fiscal year with record sales and earnings, raising $634 million for education on sales of $2.38 billion. Players won $1 million or more 58 times in 12 months.
July 8, 2016The Mega Millions jackpot reaches $536 million, the third-largest in the game’s history. A single ticket sold in Indiana won it all.
July 15, 2016The National Council on Problem Gambling presents executive director Alice Garland with Don Hulen Award for Advocacy for her leadership expanding responsible gaming efforts across the United States, making her the first industry professional to earn the honor.
July 25, 2016Players with winning tickets in the evening Pick 3 drawing collect $2.9 million when the combination 5-5-5 is drawn.
August 2, 2016On the heels of the Panthers reaching the Super Bowl, the state’s first Carolina Panthers lottery ticket goes on sale. It has a unique second-chance prize: 20 years of season tickets to Panthers home games, valued at more than $100,000.
August 9, 2016The lottery announces the 10 winners of $20,000 in the Proud Moments contest. The prizes were awarded to families who shared stories about how education made a difference in their lives.
September 1, 2016For the first time, a Carolina Cash 5 ticket purchased via online subscription wins a jackpot. The lucky player won $149,970.
September 28, 2016David Winstead, a small businessman from Nashville, becomes the third winner of $10 million in the Ultimate Millions game.
September 29, 2016The lottery introduces its new branding, including a modern update to its logo. The brand evolution coincides with a roll-out of upgraded technology in stores and online.
November 3, 2016Manalle Earnhardt, an emergency room nurse from Salisbury, becomes the first Lucky for Life player in North Carolina to win the game’s top prize of $1,000 a Day for Life.
December 6, 2016The lottery’s second $30 instant game, Extreme Millions, goes on sale. It starts with four top prizes of $10 million and 22 instant prizes of $1 million. Four second-chance drawings will award $1 million prizes.
February 7, 2017Longtime Panthers fan Pamela Jamison of Dallas, NC is presented with 20 years of season tickets to watch her favorite team play at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. She won the prize by submitting a Panthers scratch-off ticket into the grand prize second-chance drawing in Lucke-Rewards.
March 26, 2017Conversion to a new gaming system is completed after a year-long effort. Under the new contract, IGT provides the operating system and Scientific Games provides instant ticket and related services.
March 31, 2017As the lottery celebrates its 11th birthday, monthly sales records are broken for Pick 3 at $30.4 million and instant games at $167 million.
June 5, 2017The new North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters opens in new location, 2728 Capital Boulevard. The headquarters and the Raleigh Regional Office and Claims Center, sits at 2728 Capital Blvd., Raleigh.
August 2, 2017The lottery ends its 11th fiscal year with record-breaking sales of $2.42 billion. With the new record, the lottery has increased sales every year since it started in March 2006. The sales produced $624 million for education programs in North Carolina, bring the lottery’s total contribution since inception to more than $5.2 billion.
September 15, 2017Alice Garland, the lottery’s executive director since 2011, is inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes those who have done the most to promote excellence and integrity in the world lottery industry.