The numbers 2-2-2-2 in Saturday night’s Carolina Pick 4 drawing added up to a $7.4 million win for lottery players.
The drawing produced 2,051 winning tickets that matched all four numbers. The game’s top prize of $5,000 will go to players who hold one of the 933 winning $1 tickets purchased for the drawing. A $2,500 prize will go to players who hold one of the 1,118 winning 50 cent tickets.
The winning numbers, 2-2-2-2, are known as “Quads” among players of the Pick 4 game. Quads are some of the most popular combination of numbers played. The odds of matching all four numbers in the Pick 4 drawing are 1 in 10,000.
Lottery offices are closed on Sundays, but the prizes can be claimed beginning Monday at one of the lottery’s regional offices. The offices open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.
Lottery officials remind winners that they have 180 days to claim their prizes. Due to the large number of winners, players should expect extended waiting times to complete their claims if they choose to visit a regional office on Monday or Tuesday. Players must bring a Photo ID and proof of their Social Security number to complete their claims. Prizes can also be claimed by mail.
The big win for Pick 4 players comes five months after the Nov. 21, 2012 drawing of the numbers 3-3-3-3 produced a $6.6 million win. The record Pick 4 win occurred on Aug. 11, 2012 when the numbers 1-1-1-1 paid out $7.5 million in prizes.
For more information on how to make a claim, go to the N.C. Education Lottery website at http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/info_how-to-claim.aspx or call Player Services at (877) 962-7529. A claims form can be downloaded from the website. The locations and addresses of the NCEL’s regional offices are:
• 2100 Yonkers Rd., Raleigh, N.C. 27604
• 16-G Regent Park Blvd., Asheville, N.C., 28806
• 5029-A West W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28269
• Stonesthrow Crossing Shopping Center, 3711 Farmington Dr., Greensboro, N.C. 27407
• 2790 Dickinson Ave., Suite A, Greenville, N.C. 27834
• Market Station, 5214 Market St., Suite 108, Wilmington, N.C. 28405.
Drawings in the Carolina Pick 4 game are held twice a day, at 3 p.m. in afternoon and at 11:22 p.m. in the evenings. Players can either pick their own numbers or select a Quick Pick by allowing the lottery terminal to generate a set of four numbers for them.
The Pick 4 game has helped the Education Lottery raise $2.6 billion for education programs in North Carolina. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid.