Convenience stores. Grocery stores. Restaurants and bars. Even some hardware stores, fraternal organizations, and a bowling alley or two. With more than 7,000 stores selling lottery tickets across our big state, it’s not hard to find a place to try your luck with a lottery game.
Our retailers are our most important partners. They can teach you how to play games and share information about odds and prizes. They can pay prizes for your winning lottery tickets, up to $599. We couldn’t have sales of more than $2.6 billion a year without the help of our retail partners. Thank you.
Have you ever wondered how much a retailer earns for selling a lottery ticket? It’s 7 percent. So when you buy a $1 scratch-off, they get seven cents. A $2 Powerball ticket, 14 cents.
With lottery tickets so popular, that can add up to a nice commission. In fiscal year 2018, our retailers earned $181 million in commissions. The commissions provide a nice boost to the bottom line of those stores and to retail economy in our state.
We’re often asked if retailers get a bonus when jackpot is won. They do. A retailer who sells a winning jackpot ticket in our Powerball or Mega Millions games earns a $50,000 incentive.A retailer who sells a scratch-off ticket with a $1 million prize or larger gets a $10,000 incentive.
The lottery’s website can help you find locations near you where you can play your favorite lottery games. Just click on the Where To Play page of our website, nclottery.com/WhereToPlay, to find retail locations close to you.
We’ll be sharing information about your lottery all week in this blog and on our Facebook page as part of national Lottery Week.
On Friday, you can test what you learned during a LIVE trivia event on the lottery Facebook page. Join us at 1 p.m. for a fun show and a chance to win a prize. We’ll be giving away five $50 gift cards.
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