The numbers 0-0-0-0 in Saturday afternoon’s Carolina Pick 4 drawing added up to a $7.8 million win for lottery players.
The winning numbers, 0-0-0-0, 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 a Pick 4 drawing are 1 in 10,000.
Saturday’s drawing produced 2,014 in winning tickets and $7.8 million in prizes, setting a new record of prizes won in a single Pick 4 drawing. The previous record Pick 4 win occurred on Aug. 11, 2012 when the numbers 1-1-1-1 paid out $7.5 million in prizes.
At lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Monday, the line of lucky players was out the door, with over 80 winners showing up in the first hour and a half to claim their prizes. The game’s top prize of $5,000 will go to players who hold one of the 1,002 winning $1 tickets purchased for the drawing. A $2,500 prize will go to players who hold one of the 1,012 winning 50 cent tickets.
For some players, 0-0-0-0 are their go-to numbers.
“I love the zeroes!” said Willie Ward. “I’m dedicated to them. I always play them in Pick 3 and Pick 4, so today is my lucky day.”
For Stephen Carter, picking 0-0-0-0 was the luck of a single moment.
“I’ve never played 0-0-0-0 before,” said Carter. “My wife Veronica is the lucky one, she’s always picking lucky numbers, and she picked these.”
Carter played 0-0-0-0 on a 50 cent ticket and won $2,500.
“We’ve got a family reunion coming up,” said Carter. “We’re excited to show off our big check there!”
Drawings in the Carolina Pick 4 game are held twice a day, at 3 p.m. and at 11:22 p.m. 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 prizes can be claimed at one of the six lottery’s regional offices during regular business hours. 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 Pick 4 game helps raise more than $650 million a year for education programs in North Carolina. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in North Carolina, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.
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