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Cash 5 Bonus Bucks Drawing

Add excitement to the everyday with Carolina Cash 5 and EZ Match

Carolina Cash 5 is an exciting daily jackpot game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and get even bigger, really fast. That’s right; the jackpot continues to grow each day until someone wins by matching all five numbers drawn. And if you choose to add EZ Match to your Cash 5 play, you don’t even need to wait until the drawing for a chance to win. Add EZ Match for an additional $1 per play and if any of your EZ Match numbers match your selected Cash 5 numbers, you win instantly.

Here’s how to play:

  1. Use a Cash 5 play slip and select five numbers from 1 to 39 in a panel/play. Or you can select the Quick Pick box in each panel/play to allow the computer to randomly pick the numbers for you. Each panel cost $1 and you can play up to five panels on one play slip.

  2. You can play the same numbers for up to 28 consecutive drawings (including the current drawing) by marking the appropriate box under MULTIDRAW. Your ticket will be valid for the draw dates shown on the front of the ticket. Each play costs $1 per draw.

  3. If you make a mistake when marking your play slip, mark the VOID box for that panel and go to the next one. Be sure to check your numbers and verify your ticket cost prior to purchase. A Carolina Cash 5 ticket CANNOT be cancelled after it is generated. The ticket, and not the play slip, is your proof of purchase.

  4. With each panel played, you can select EZ Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly. The computer will randomly pick the EZ Match numbers for you. Match any EZ Match number with any corresponding Cash 5 number and instantly win the amount shown. EZ Match costs an extra $1 for each play. EZ Match can be selected for each panel of a MULTIDRAW ticket; however any resulting EZ Match prize can only be claimed once.

Carolina Cash 5 Playslip Carolina Cash 5 Ticket

Sample Ticket with EZ Match

On this sample ticket the player purchased two Cash 5 plays, each with a corresponding EZ Match play.

In the first play – two EZ Match numbers match two of the corresponding Cash 5 numbers; each match in the example shows a $10 instant prize for a total instant prize amount of $20 for that play.

In the second play – none of the EZ Match numbers match any of the corresponding Cash 5 numbers, so no instant prize is won.

How do I win Cash 5 and how much can I win?

If you match 2, 3, 4, or 5 of the numbers drawn in any order, you win. If no player matches all five numbers drawn, the prize money for the 5 of 5 prize will roll to the next drawing. Prize amounts for matching 5, 4, or 3 numbers are pari-mutuel, meaning they are shared equally among all winners of that prize level. The prize for matching 2 numbers is a set payout of $1.

Prize Levels and Odds of Winning
Match Prize Amount % of Prize Pool Odds 1 in
Overall odds of winning are 1 in 8.8.
*PARI-MUTUEL: Payout method that splits the total available prize money for a particular prize level between all winners of that prize level.
†The advertised top prize is an estimate and is paid in accordance with NCEL game rules.
5 of 5 Pari-mutuel*† 54.71% 575,757.0
4 of 5 Pari-mutuel* 14.76% 3,387.0
3 of 5 Pari-mutuel* 9.74% 103.0
2 of 5 $1.00 20.79% 9.6


EZ Match Odds of Winning
Prize Amount Approximate
Odds 1 in
Overall odds of winning are 1 in 4.71
$500 84,000.00
$250 84,000.00
$100 12,000.00
$50 3,360.00
$20 1,120.00
$10 131.25
$5 168.00
$4 78.50
$3 14.00
$2 9.42

How do I win EZ Match and how much can I win?

When EZ Match is added to a Cash 5 play, the computer terminal will print five (5) EZ Match numbers in a column below the selected Cash 5 numbers on your ticket along with a corresponding instant prize amount for each EZ Match number. Simply match any of your five EZ Match numbers to any of the corresponding Cash 5 numbers in that play to win the corresponding EZ Match prize shown. You can win an EZ Match prize for each number you match. EZ Match prizes range from $2 to $500. If you win an EZ Match prize, you can cash in your winnings at a retailer location and an EXCHANGE TICKET will be printed for that evening’s Cash 5 drawing and for any subsequent drawings still active on the ticket.

Repeat Play

Repeat Play

Repeat Play is a feature available for all draw games that allows a retailer to simply scan the bar code on your existing ticket so you can replay your favorite numbers fast and easy! Repeat Play is an alternative to completing a play slip.

Repeat Play reprints all the selections from the original ticket including: your numbers, the number of draws, boards, play type, play amount, Megaplier and Power Play Option. Quick Pick wagers will be printed with the same numbers as the original wager. Tickets must be replayed within 30 days of original ticket creation. Repeat Play does recognize MultiDraw and will begin the draws on the first draw day available and continue for as many draws as the original ticket. Repeat Play is not available for Advance Play.

How to Find Out If You’ve Won

Carolina Cash 5 drawings will be held daily at approximately 11:22 pm. Watch for live drawings on any of these stations or visit our Carolina Cash 5 Latest Drawing page.

  • WRAL - Channel 5, Raleigh
  • WITN - Channel 7, Greenville, New Bern & Washington
  • WAXN - TV64, Charlotte
  • WXLV - Channel 45, Winston-Salem, Greensboro & High Point
  • WLOS - Channel 13, Asheville
  • YouTube (Replays only)

WRAL 5 Logo    WITN 7 Logo    WAXN: TV64, Charlotte    WXLV abc45 Logo    WLOS abc13 Logo    YouTube

Where can I find winning numbers?

  • Daily winning numbers are posted on this website once they are verified.
  • Lottery Retailers Statewide
  • Daily Emails from the Lucke-Zone
  • NCEL Customer Services: 877-962-7529

How to Claim Your Winnings

SIGN THE BACK OF YOUR TICKET. The ticket is a bearer instrument until signed.

Prizes under $600 may be claimed at any NCEL Retailer, Lottery Headquarters or any Lottery office.

Prizes between $600 and $99,999.99 must be claimed at NCEL Headquarters, any NCEL Office or by mail using an NCEL prize claim form. Claim forms can be found on our How to Claim page. Mail claim forms to:

NCEL
P.O. Box 41606
Raleigh, NC 27629-1606

The risk of mailing tickets remains with the player. The NCEL is not responsible for tickets lost in the mail.

Prizes of $100,000 or more must be claimed in person at NCEL Headquarters.

In accordance with NCEL prize payment policy, all online game prizes must be claimed within 180 calendar days of the drawing. A ticket that is mailed must be received at NCEL Headquarters or any NCEL office within 180 days of the drawing. Postmarks shall not constitute satisfaction of the 180-day requirement.

All tickets, ticket shares, transactions, and players purchasing tickets are subject to the Lottery Act, NCEL rules and regulations and applicable law. Copies of NCEL rules may be obtained from any lottery office or by calling the NCEL Customer Services at 1-877-962-7529.

For complete details please visit our How to Claim section of the website.

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