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Carolina Pick 4 players win $7.8 million with 0-0-0-0

June 22, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 5:48 PM

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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6/26/2019 12:43 - Tiffany D.

Can you also add sum it up when you pick the one off game play? NC Lottery
Hi Tiffany, you can add sum it up when you are using the one off game play!

6/26/2019 08:40 - Ivella B.

Hey can you tell me how the second chance winners are picked?? How are the names picked? I have been entering second chance drawings for years now, entering numerous points and never won! So that's why I'm wondering how are the winners are drawn?? NC Lottery
Hi Ivella, The winners for Second Chance drawings are selected by a Random Number Generator. The Random Number Generator assigns each entry a random number and then picks one of the random numbers. There are no names input into the RNG. It has no idea which players have entered, who they are or if they deserve to win more than anyone else. The results are totally random and fair to everyone. The more entries you make into a drawing, the more chances you have to win. But having even just one entry in a drawing gives you a chance to win.

6/26/2019 04:21 - Betty F.

Just wondering, when the scratch off tickets are distributed in the state are the areas known where the winning scratch off’s go....is it truly random? (counties/cities) NC Lottery
Hi Betty, Ticket distribution is a controlled and secure process and the tickets are sent out at random. The lottery does not know where the winning tickets are until they are claimed. It's just a matter of having a little good luck!

6/25/2019 12:58 - Kyle E.

Olin S. - "this is beginning to smell more and more every day!!!" What do you mean? What's smelling more and more?

6/25/2019 12:30 - Pamela S.

I buy tickets on line and I would like to add Keno to buy on line. I play Keno only when I go to the filling station. Everyone should be able to play that game. Right now only a few stores has it. Come on NC Lottery--let us play on line. NC Lottery
Hi Pamela, At this point in time, we have no plans to add Keno to online play. The reason for this is that we created Keno to be a social game played in a social setting. Right now, our focus is adding more retail locations that fit that theme. However, we are always looking for ways to improve our games for our players, so thank you for sharing your input on the subject!

6/25/2019 11:50 - arvin j.

Looks like 200k from the all about the Ben's and a million from MGM tickets were recently won! Any info on locations?NC Lottery
Hi Arvin, You are correct! We will be releasing more info about locations soon.

6/24/2019 09:05 - Aronual B.

New at this. How do I know if I have won? where do I check?NC Lottery
Hi Aronual, you can find information on the latest Pick 4 drawings here: https://www.nclottery.com/Pick4 . You can also find the how to play Pick 4 rules located in this area as well! Hope this information helps.

6/24/2019 05:03 - JIM B.

What's up with the Wheel Of Fortune scratch off playing surface? I am having to use a wire brush to scratch these off! Just wondering.NC Lottery
Hi Jim, The Wheel Of Fortune scratch off is a special ticket we made, we appreciate your feedback on the ticket quality and will pass it on!

6/24/2019 04:12 - James K.

I am a member of the media. I'd like to run audio of this drawing on 1,000+ radio stations tomorrow morning, but I can't find a video of it. Any help would be much appreciated.NC Lottery
Hi James, We post our most recent drawings on our website but please submit all media inquires to our Director of Communication you can reach him here: Robert.Denton@lotterync.net

6/24/2019 03:56 - Herman S.

Can you confirm the current number of entries in the WOF & MGM Casino Cash second chance promotions? Any news on upcoming Lucke-rewards promotions for July 2019? NC Lottery
Absolutely! The Wheel of Fortune second-chance drawing has 208,476 entries and the MGM Casino Cash second-chance drawing has 112,530 entries. Which one are you more excited for? As for next month's Lucke-Rewards drawings, one lucky player will win $15,000 in the monthly drawing and our weekly drawing will have ten winners of $100 each week.

6/24/2019 03:39 - Kelly R.

Could you please tell me what was the most quad zero's that 1 person had purchased???? NC Lottery
Hey Kelly, That's not information that the blog team has on-hand, but you can submit your question to player.info@lotterync.net and someone will work to see if they can find that out for you.

6/24/2019 03:23 - carolyn b.

Hi Carolyn, Last night's Cash 5 jackpot was won by a ticket purchased in Wake County.

6/24/2019 03:10 - Elizabeth C.

Congratulations to all winners. I agree with the person asking why Keno isn’t available at all locations. The state is missing an opportunity to attract players with different interests. I imagine it would also be too much to ask for Keno Online? As long as weekly playing limits aren’t exceeded, this should be doable. Something to think about. NC Lottery
We appreciate hearing your input, Elizabeth. We are continually looking for ways to improve our player experience, so we will share your words with the Keno team as well.

6/23/2019 07:11 - olin s.

this is beginning to smell more and more every day!!!!

6/23/2019 04:30 - Tim M.

Quad 0 is a number I've played off and on for some time. I played it this past week but when Saturday got here, I was broke and couldn't afford to play! To add insult to injury, I sort of saw 0000 while studying the flim-flam crossword numbers but didn't take it seriously enough to try to find a way to play it. That's the third time I've cheated myself out of a quad! Total suckage!

6/23/2019 04:20 - Kara L.

That is awesome! How many entries are there currently in the colossal cash second chance drawing?NC Lottery
Hi Kara, the Colossal Cash Second Chance drawing has 1,095,678 entries so far!

6/23/2019 11:39 - Berry B.


6/23/2019 12:53 - cynthia m.

Congratulations Raeford NC need to win some of that money I wish I can be next.

6/22/2019 10:48 - Vivian p.

Congrats to all who hold any one of the winning tcks.

6/22/2019 10:46 - Douglas H.

Congratulations to all the Quad Zero winners So cool !!!!

6/22/2019 09:44 - Michael R.


6/22/2019 08:45 - Cynthia B.

Ok,let numbers keep coming

6/22/2019 07:30 - David M.

Congratulations to all! Are there any plans to expand Keno availability to all retailers? Seems like every other state that offers Keno lets you buy Keno tickets anywhere.NC Lottery
Hi David, thanks for the feedback! Our Keno team reads this blog and loves to see player feedback. We don't have any updates to share at this time, but we are always looking at how to improve our games.

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