FAQ

Lucky For Life

What is the ticket cost?
$2 per play per draw
What is a playslip?
A playslip is a paper selection method that allows a player to select their numbers prior to reaching the point of sale at a retailer location. It will produce up to 5 plays per playslip at $2 per play for a Lucky for Life ticket (See our Lucky for Life "How To Play" page for instructions on completing a playslip. It can be saved and reused for regular daily/weekly purchases depending upon number of draws selected.)
Can I use a playslip from another Lucky for Life state?
No. There is a separate Lucky for Life playslip designed for North Carolina. Because each state’s lottery terminals operate differently, you cannot use a playslip from another state.
Is there a minimum jackpot?
This is not a jackpot game. Lucky for Life has a set top prize of $1,000 a day for life and a set second prize of $25,000 a year for life.
What are the odds of winning?
The overall odds of winning a prize are 1:7.77. Approximate odds to win the top prize are 1 in 30,800,000.
Can I buy tickets for more than one drawing at a time?
Yes, you can purchase tickets in advance for up to 26 consecutive drawings. To play consecutive drawings, you need to either select the “Multi Draw” box on the playslip or ask the retailer for multiple draws at the time of purchase.
Can Lucky for Life tickets be cancelled?
No, a Lucky for Life ticket CANNOT be cancelled by the retailer after it is generated, so be sure to check your numbers and verify your ticket cost prior to purchase.
What is the Lucky for Life proof of purchase?
The ticket, and not the playslip, is your proof of purchase.
What is an exchange ticket?
If a player wins on any of the drawings during a Multi-Draw play, they can cash in their winnings at a retailer location and an exchange ticket will be printed for the remaining drawings that are still active on the ticket.
What is the cut-off time to purchase Lucky for Life tickets before the drawing?
The deadline for purchases before the drawing on Monday and Thursday is 9:30 p.m. ET.
Can I Quick Pick to play Lucky for Life?
Yes. Just ask for a Quick Pick ticket or mark QP on a Lucky for Life playslip. This gives players the option to have the lottery terminal select any or all of their numbers.
When are the Lucky for Life drawings?
Monday and Thursday evenings at approximately 10:38 p.m. ET.
How can I find out the winning numbers?
Winning numbers and drawings available at nclottery.com. Draw video available approximately 11:45 p.m. on draw days.
Do I have to match the numbers in exact order to be a winner?
No, as long as you have the numbers drawn listed on your ticket in a single row, it does not matter what order they are drawn. However, you do have to match the Lucky Ball number exactly.
What is the time period before claiming a Lucky for Life prize?
Players can claim winning tickets after the drawing is finalized and up to 180 calendar days from the draw date.
How do I claim my prize?
Visit the How to Claim page (http://nc-educationlottery.org/info_how-to-claim.aspx) on this website, for information on how to claim your prize.
Is there an option to select a lump sum payment for the "For Life" prizes?
Yes, players who win either the $1,000 a Day for Life or the $25,000 a Year for Life prize have the option to receive a one-time lump sum payment in lieu of the lifetime annuity payments. The lump sum option for the $1,000 a Day for Life prize is $5,750,000 before applicable taxes and other State withholdings. The lump sum option for the $25,000 a Year for Life is $390,000 before applicable taxes and other State withholdings.
What happens if there are multiple winners of the Top Prizes?
The Top Prize of $1,000 a Day for Life, the second prize of $25,000 a Year for Life and the third prize of $5000 may become pari-mutuel*, meaning that the prize amounts are shared equally among all winners of the available pool for that prize level. *Top Prize becomes pari-mutuel only if over 14 winners, Second prize becomes pari-mutuel only if over 20 winners, and third prize becomes pari-mutuel only if over 1,000 winners. The pari-mutuel Top Prize and Second prize will paid in a lump sum payment based upon the liability limits established for each prize level (See Lucky for Life Game Rules for details).
What happens to the prize money if the top prize winner chooses annuity payments and then passes away?
The guaranteed prize amount consists of annuity payments of up to 20 years. If the top prize winner passes away prior to reaching the guaranteed prize amount, payment may be paid to the estate of a deceased prize winner or to a person designated pursuant to a court order If the top prize winner passes away after meeting the guaranteed prize amount, no further payment will be issued to anyone.
Where does the money go?
All proceeds from the sale of Lucky for Life tickets, except for a state’s share of the top prizes, remain in the state where the tickets were sold. Each state’s share of the top prizes is based on its percentage of sales for each drawing.
Where are the numbers drawn?
The numbers are drawn by the Connecticut Lottery at a studio in Hartford, Connecticut in the presence of lottery draw officials, an independent auditor and a security official.
What is considered “For Life”?
“For Life” prizes are guaranteed for a minimum of 20 years. A Cash Option may be available. “For Life” prize winner must be a natural person who is at least eighteen (18) years of age. Multiple individuals on one ticket and legal entities such as corporations, partnerships, trusts and estates, are only eligible to claim the guaranteed portion of the “For Life” prize without the annuity feature or elect the Cash Option. See official game rules on the Lucky For Life pages.
What happens to Unclaimed Prizes?
Except for the top prize and second prize, all unclaimed prizes are kept by the lottery jurisdiction that has the unclaimed winner. The top prize pool and second prize pool are treated differently. If these two prize pools are unclaimed, the money must be returned back to all participating lotteries, in proportion to their sales for the draw run. The lotteries then distribute the money as they are required by law.