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North Carolinians try for $970 million Mega Millions jackpot, raising money for education, too

January 22, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:28 AM

As the Mega Millions jackpot, and the excitement around it, continues to grow, the amount of money raised for education grows too.

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot stands at $970 million as an annuity prize, or $716.3 million cash.

From Sept. 18 through Jan. 19, Mega Millions sales in North Carolina raised an estimated $19.3 million for education. Every $2 Mega Millions ticket sold raises 76 cents for education in North Carolina.

“That’s the great thing about games like Mega Millions,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “North Carolinians have fun trying their luck at exciting jackpots, and along the way the lottery can raise much needed money for education programs.”

The Mega Millions current jackpot stands as the: 

  • 2nd largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.
  • 3rd largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

“It would be thrilling to see someone from North Carolina win this historic jackpot,” said Michalko. “This is exciting, but we remind everyone to remember it only takes one ticket to win. If you buy your ticket in store, please practice COVID safety measures to keep everyone safe too.”

Players can buy Mega Millions tickets through Online Play on the lottery’s website,, by using the NC Lottery Official Mobile App, or at any lottery retail location. Ticket sales from draw games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million a year for education.


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2/22/2021 03:54 - Dorina R.

All the winners are in rual counties it might be ,because more peop[e in nc but.... you can't win if you don't play my turn coming

1/30/2021 10:03 - Kenneth R.

I will win the Powerball all 6 numbers!

1/23/2021 03:56 - Allen M.

i ask a valid question and you don't post. twice now. why?

1/23/2021 09:04 - James C.

Seems like nobody in North Carolina will ever win. I'm about done trying my luck.

1/23/2021 12:00 - Herendira R.

Cómo puedo checar si boleto es ganador o noNC Lottery
Hi Herendira, to check your ticket to determine if it's a winner, you can review the winning numbers on the lottery's website at You can also use a Ticket Checker available at most lottery retail locations, or call our Customer Service group Monday through Friday at 877-382-4530. Good luck!

1/22/2021 08:07 - Latosha B.

It would be nice for someone from NC to finally win the jackpot!

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