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Holiday games arrive, top prizes up to $1 million

November 1, 2016 Posted by NC Lottery at 7:55 AM

Look who’s back in the social media saddle. We had so much fun with last month’s First Tuesday Takeover that – just like holiday dinners – I’m back for seconds. And you’re gonna want to save room for the new holiday scratch-offs.

The season’s most sensational scratcher is Holiday Millions. As the name suggests, it has top prizes of $1 million. Three of ‘em. And Holiday Riches, Winter Winnings and Merry Money make great gifts. For someone you love, or the you that you love.

And let me just take a second to point out a ticket that makes my heart swell with holiday memories: Christmas Vacation. Clark Griswold is a legend in my eyes. And with three top prizes of $75,000 this game could really light up your night.

Big Winners

What’s that? You want to know more about the second chance to win $200,000? You got it. It’s really simple: Enter any of these new holiday tickets before the entry deadline, and you’ll have a shot to win the $200,000 grand prize. Five other winners will score $5,000 and 10 folks will win $500. The more entries you make, the more chances you have to win. Sweet deal, huh?

One more thing. Since its First Tuesday and I’m taking over again, I’m giving away Lucke-Rewards points again, too. Just comment on any of my Facebook posts or retweet me on Twitter today, and you’ll be entered to win 500 Lucke-Rewards points. We’ll have a random winner for Facebook and another one for Twitter. Promotion Rules.

Come be part of the First Tuesday fun!


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11/06/2016 05:33 - gregory o.

Hey there are a lot more winners in western part of the state . Some gas stores run out of ticket, so it not how many people that's around REDSPRINGS1

11/05/2016 12:57 - Ronald K.

I am so excited for the game, I haven't won yet but I do believe there is a chance!!! Let's do this!!! Merry Christmas!!!

11/04/2016 08:23 - Mignon I.

Happy holidays I'm so excited I just made to North Carolina I've lived in many other states and let me just say that the lottery out here are amazing I know my day is coming thank you NC Lottery awesome commercials

11/03/2016 06:22 - denise b.

Let me tell you North Carolina is the biggest rip off state u tell me how the heck for a good 4 week in pick 4 day and night doubles 7 days a week bull crap and those new 5$ tickets is not putting out no money every now and then 5$ and u have people playing every day on that same row of tickets and not one cent being paid they making about 1.7 to 2 million a day NC Lottery
Sorry you feel that way. Lottery games are games of chance. We encourage people to play for fun and with money set aside for entertainment. The lottery awarded more in prizes last year than ever before.

11/03/2016 06:59 - Terry G.

They will do the same thing all the others are doing,Take your money and give you nothing. The Lottery is the worst thing that ever happen to people.I see it everyday we sell ticket after ticket as many as anyone in the area or maybe the state and we pay out so little.The trash cams are running over with losing tickets.If someone does get lucky it's most of the time money back.Just robbery without a gun. NC Lottery
Folks who play the lottery know that there is not a guarantee of winning a prize. But, last year, players statewide won more than $4 million a day in prizes. What the lottery does not pay back in prizes, pay to retailers in commissions, or use to operate goes to education. It's important to play games of chance only with money you can afford to spend knowing there is only a chance to win.

11/03/2016 06:27 - Kristopher B.

I liked the comment on facebook and shared your post as well, when can I expect to receive 500 LuckEZone reward points?NC Lottery
Of everyone that commented on Facebook or retweeted one of our First Tuesday tweets, there will be one winner chosen at random who will receive 500 reward points. As soon as we have the winners names we'll share those on Facebook and Twitter.

11/03/2016 12:20 - PATRICIA W.

I tried to buy your new ticket Tuesday and was told that they could not sell the ticket to me until the other tickets that were in that slot had to be sold first. I told the cashier that's crazy bcause u are losing money if that's the case. I told her I would have rather made $1 versus no dollarNC Lottery
As you may know, a lottery ticket cannot be sold or submitted for claim until the entire roll of tickets is "activated" by being scanned by the retailer. So when there are "live" tickets taking up all the spaces in the dispenser, the retailer has to sell through that inventory until there is room for a new roll of tickets they can activate and begin selling. We hope you were able to find the ticket at another store :)

11/02/2016 02:30 - Mike S.

Thanks LZ, I'd like to see the results of the post game audit. How do I get a copy of it when it is completed?NC Lottery
You can make a public records request by e-mailing and putting public records request in the subject line.

11/02/2016 01:45 - NC Lottery

@ 87SUPERGLIDE - Issues with colors, chemicals and image alignment are just some of the inherent challenges that have to be managed. A typical instant ticket is made of 20 layers of ink and other materials. The smart software in the production system knows how to reprint exactly the packs of tickets that had to be discarded, ensuring the prizes planned for a game are physically included in the game. Before being shipped to the lottery, every instant game is securely audited by an independent firm. Shipment records and physical inventory guarantees the total volume of packs ordered are received. The number of prizes is confirmed when the electronic file for the game is loaded into our gaming system. And after a game is ended, the entire history of the game is audited again to reconfirm.

11/02/2016 01:45 - NC Lottery

@ 87SUPERGLIDE - We were waiting for you to follow up with us so we could share the information you're interested in. Thanks for asking this question because the blog moderators learned a lot about instant tickets that will help us answer questions in the future. While many of the numbers on packs of instant tickets are sequential, many are not. Holding the product to a high standard means that it is routine for hundreds or thousands of packs of tickets to be reprinted with new pack numbers.

11/02/2016 10:08 - Mike S.

In my comments about “Something is amiss with the $4M Multiplier Spectacular.” Of 10/28/2016 08:55: Lucke-Zone Replied “The advertised odds for the game are correct, and the volume of tickets printed was what the lottery ordered from the printing vendor - 10,380,180 tickets. The range of labeled pack numbers for this game is unusually high. But there were the correct number of packs for that quantity - 346,006.” Not true LZ, something is HORRIBLY WRONG here. The game launched March 4, 2014 and claims started with the lowest pack number of 8,102. Then the claims abruptly ended at pack number 200,000. That’s 6 million tickets that were printed. Claims resumed with pack number 396,194 and the last ticket number claimed is 380-612876-027. That’s another 6,500,460 tickets that were printed. This is 2,120,280 additional tickets over the original 10,380,180 AND it changes the overall odds from 1 in 2.96 to 1 in 3.68 and the breakeven odds go from 1 in 7.5 to 1 in 9.3. This game needs a serious investigation.

11/02/2016 09:35 - Debbie L.

Love first Tuesday

11/02/2016 08:50 - Barbara S.

I hope that the winners will use their money wisely and do not forget the folks around us who are suffering.

11/02/2016 04:08 - carlita c.

I've played all 5 of them....I like them a lot....

11/02/2016 01:49 - Claretha R.

I can't wait to be a winner.

11/02/2016 12:43 - Maria R.

How is it possible for a weekly 10x winner of $500 could win twice the weekly drawings? Noticed is the same Greensboro winner for October . Just curious,Thank youNC Lottery
The rules are clear that a member way win only once per drawing. But there is no rule that says members cannot enter more drawings for more chances to win :)

11/02/2016 12:23 - Tina R.

I love the new tickets and thank you for getting us more chances to win on each ticket and has more money on them

11/01/2016 10:38 - DENNIS M.

What happened with the Warehouse Dash? Why was it discontinued so abruptly? Did someone fall and break their neck running around that warehouse??? Did you guys get sued over the injuries??NC Lottery
It wasn't discontinued. Winners were drawn. They'll be heading to Chicago in December for three days and two nights. Here is a short blog on how to adjust the display settings on the WINNERS page to see the results of past drawings:

11/01/2016 10:22 - Debra A.

Hey, you have to play if you want a chance to win

11/01/2016 10:07 - Beverly R.

Why does NCEL roll out Christmas tickets in November? Why not roll them out the first Tuesday of December and have Thanksgiving-themed tickets for November?NC Lottery
To make it possible for there to be enough tickets in the game to support various prize amounts, instant tickets have different lifespans. A $1 game might be on sale for as little as half a year, $20 tickets could be in stores for 18 months or longer. Since holiday-themed games are only really relevant until Dec. 31, it's necessary to put them out earlier so that enough tickets can be sold to pay out the big prizes :)

11/01/2016 09:55 - April B.

Love the new holiday games

11/01/2016 08:57 - Christie F.

Love 1st tue

11/01/2016 08:08 - laurette j.

Call wThank you for the second chance

11/01/2016 07:41 - Elsie S.

Is it just me or do we see more winner's in the western part of the STATE? Sorry NCEL check it out for yourself. Folks look at the map....this is discouraging for some of us who live on the coast. It appears that the size of your city gives you a better chance of winning. This is totally unfair. I hope to see changes soon. Ok I've given my 2 cents worth just saying. The odds are not to good from the way I see it if you live in a city in between the larger city. IMPO! NC Lottery
It's not harder to win the lottery where you live, there are just fewer people taking a chance to win where you live. Last week, of the 39 wins of $5,000 to $1 million, most went to players that are not from big cities, including a winner from Holly Ridge, a suburb of Jacksonville, who won $200,000. If you were to ask someone from Raleigh, Charlotte or Asheville if it's easy to win the lottery there, we think you'll hear them say it takes just as much luck.

11/01/2016 07:17 - Laura E.

Love your commercials!

11/01/2016 07:16 - Twanda J.

I will try them all

11/01/2016 07:10 - steven m.

***********HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE**************

11/01/2016 06:50 - michael e.

yea $2.00 ON THE FIRST DAY!!!

11/01/2016 06:47 - Kristopher B.

Good Luck!

11/01/2016 06:20 - Twanda J.

I will try them all

11/01/2016 05:50 - Arika L.

These games are awesome

11/01/2016 05:28 - Phyllis N.

Being on disability therefore a fixed income, I'm not able to play as much as I'd like, but good luck to those that do. BETTER SAID, I have to agree in that no matter how many 1st Tuesday's that have passed, I've yet to have any more better luck ;)

11/01/2016 04:25 - JIM B.

What a Dweeb this guy is!

11/01/2016 03:38 - cherry t.

Yaaaayy first Tuesday

11/01/2016 03:29 - bryan h.

People really get excited about 1st Tuesday , but the excitement wears off really fast, once they see their odds didn't improve any. Basically this gives em false hope. I mean if u win 20 or 50 on one , you've really done well. Quit being so greedy NCEL.

11/01/2016 03:26 - cathy k.

I love the new games

11/01/2016 02:35 - Yvonne M.

Well u see I try all 5 of them and only won 2 dollars

11/01/2016 02:17 - ramona e.

I play a lot so hope one day I win big

11/01/2016 02:12 - Derek S.

It would make my world to win this! So I'm in it to win !!

11/01/2016 02:04 - Betty O.

I won $2.00 on the first buy of the merry m0ney

11/01/2016 11:28 - Eva C.

Alot of chances to win,Thanks!

11/01/2016 11:13 - Jason H.

I love first Tuesday and your commercials are pretty good too!NC Lottery
We love First Tuesday, too. And thanks for the kind words.

11/01/2016 11:03 - brian v.

Wish I had more money to just play in general, but congratulations to all who win. Winners, don't forget to thank the good Lord for your fortune and give Him his part....God bless the USA!

11/01/2016 10:49 - Robert S.

Merry Christmas Money,And Happy New Year Fun,with the one and only N. C. Lottery.

11/01/2016 10:30 - Loretta W.

Love the new holiday games!!!!

11/01/2016 10:17 - Leroy T.

I love the first Tuesday

11/01/2016 09:21 - angela w.

I was so excited to read about the Holiday Millions scratch off , and a possible second chance to win $200,000!!! I will try that new game. Have a good one First Tuesday guy!

11/01/2016 08:54 - celeste v.

I going to try all 5!

11/01/2016 08:43 - Donna S.

I love the new holiday games!!!

11/01/2016 08:36 - Catrina L W.

I love N.C. Lottery!! 1at Tuesday is always My favorite Day! Can't wait for the New game cards to come out Today!!

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