RALEIGH - The N.C. Education Lottery plans to offer a new service to its players that will allow tickets to be purchased for its three jackpot games – Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5 – by subscription through its website.
The service, planned to begin in November, is designed for those lottery players who want to subscribe to a set of numbers for multiple drawings in advance. Players cannot use the service to buy a single draw ticket. A subscription to at least two weeks of drawings for one of the three games is required for any purchase. The Education Lottery joins at least 11 other state lotteries in the United States, including Virginia and Georgia, that already provide a type of subscription service to their lottery players.
“By making a subscription service available for players who like to buy tickets in advance, we’re making those purchases more convenient and providing better customer service,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “The service is also geared to people who are not currently buying tickets for the jackpot games at a traditional lottery retailer. Together, those increases in sales will increase the benefits we provide to education in our state.”
Key parts of the service, approved by the N.C. Education Lottery Commission last year, will ensure that:
• Like other lottery games, players can only purchase through the subscription service while in North Carolina.
• The age and identity of players registered for the service will be verified to ensure they are 18-years-old or older before tickets are sold.
• Responsible play features such as limits on the number of multi-draw tickets that can be purchased will be incorporated as they are with other NCEL games and programs. Players also have the ability to place their own personal limits on their play in addition to the NCEL limits.
To participate, players would go to a secure section of the NCEL’s Lucke-Zone, the player’s club website, and register for the service. To buy tickets from that account, players would deposit money using a debit card or an electronic fund transfer. Players then choose which draw game they want to play, what numbers they want to use, and the drawings they wish to enter. Subscription players can check on the drawing results by monitoring each of their purchases associated with their account. They will receive email alerts if their lucky numbers are drawn. Winnings under $600 would be transferred automatically to players’ accounts. Prizes, ranging in value from $600 to $99,999, would still be claimed at one of the lottery’s regional offices and prizes of $100,000 or more at NCEL headquarters in Raleigh.