RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina Education Lottery will sell tickets online for some games starting Thursday.
The lottery will offer an online subscription service for: Powerball, Mega
Millions and Carolina Cash 5.
"We hope the new
service will offer a way for those who currently don't buy tickets at a
traditional lottery retailer to try some of our games," said Alice Garland,
executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. "The subscription service
comes with safeguards to ensure it meets requirements that no tickets are sold
to anyone who is not physically in North Carolina or to anyone who is under 18,
the legal age for playing the lottery."
Garland said they hope the new service
will help the lottery increase its sales in those three jackpot games and raise
more money for education in our state.
North Carolina joins at
least 11 other state lotteries in the United States, including Virginia and
Georgia, that already provide a subscription service to their lottery
cannot use the service to buy a single draw ticket or to buy instant
scratch-off tickets, the most popular game the lottery offers. A subscription
to at least two weeks of drawings for one of the three games is required for
any purchase. 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.
Age and identity of players
registered for the service will be verified to ensure they are 18-years-old or
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
players will go to a secure section of the NCEL's Lucke-Zone - the player's club
website - to register for the service and set up an account.