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When it's more than game

March 1, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:00 AM

Playing the lottery can be a lot of fun – it sure is always exciting to dream a little, right?

But if you’re no longer enjoying the thrill of scratch-off or anticipation of a draw game, it could be time to take a break. And if you need a little help with taking that break, that’s OK too.

We want everyone to know that support is easier to find and get than ever.

Free, confidential help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A licensed counselor can provide free, easy to use online or in-person services for you or a loved one.

That means you can talk to someone, at no cost, in the comfort of your own home by:

  • Texting morethanagamenc to 53342
  • Joining a live web chat at
  • Calling the toll-free helpline at (877) 718-5543

You might not need support, but you might know someone who does. If that describes you, these resources are also great tool for you. They can help you with starting that conversation with a loved one.

As always, we love hearing about all your big lottery dreams and offering games that are fun to play. So keep it fun, folks, and know there is support if needed. 


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3/09/2021 07:55 - Sandra B.

Yes the 222s came out but the quads definitely won't "break" the state. I set limits always esp when I seen duplicate numbers dropping.

3/09/2021 12:26 - Myrtle L.

It's not fun losing and there is no guarantee your going to win when you but that ticket or scratch off so I keep it a budget on what I spend if I have extra money I play if I don't then I don't play that's it..

3/09/2021 12:14 - Myrtle L.

Yes pay your bills then have some fun with it , It's my dream to hit a real big one to buy my dream home with lots of closet space and a laundry room but I'm grateful for what I have and give thanks to God everyday.If it's meant to be it will be

3/08/2021 08:27 - Bill M.

When are ya'll planning to do the last 2nd chance drawing on the green $30 ticket--ThanksNC Lottery
Hi Bill, the end date for the Colossal Cash Second Chance drawing is still "To Be Decided" but it will most likely occur sometime this summer. The exact date depends on how many tickets we sell and how many entries we receive for this drawing. We want to give everyone who is interested a chance to enter.

3/05/2021 02:47 - Sheila I.

Really! You are posting this and yet posting all types of promotions for new ways to "win" extra money.... hilarious ??. You have to be in it to win it.... right?

3/03/2021 01:18 - Robert R.

who at NCEL can i talk to about a tax form i was given ?NC Lottery
Hi Robert, please call NCEL Customer Service at 877-382-4530 and select option 2. They can help direct you to someone who can help with your tax forms. Thanks!

3/03/2021 11:32 - Denver G.

Hey Charles, try not to over think things. That guy like a lot of players play the same # on multiple play slips. 300 wins does not mean he won on 300 drawings. It could have been just a few, and that was over 15 yrs. Some people play 20,50 or $100 on the same pic 3 or 4. If you hit you hit huge. And those two 2nd chance wins were years apart and not really that high a value. Good luck to you, keep the faith.

3/03/2021 09:07 - Angela A.

Also another fun fact is that the pay out of the 222 was the largest of the previous 9 times it has hit since the lottery started!

3/03/2021 08:51 - Angela A.

Here we go NCEL people asked for triple and what do you know a triple comes out like magic 222. As for the fun people don't play for fun when they are purchasing a whole roll and I see it all the time they playing to win!

3/03/2021 12:23 - TERESA G.

Thanks for this valuable information.

3/02/2021 08:20 - Charles H.

Exactly, nobody plays for fun. I'm sure that everyone who has spent money on tickets and lost has said HEY, I MIGHT NOT HAVE WON, BUT BOY I SURE HAD FUN! The only person I know of who may have fun doing it is Phil Morgan. After all, he is the biggest winner having won over 300 times and he has at least 2 second drawings for a Ford Mustang and a trip to Las Vegas. I have no doubt that one or both of those drawings were rigged in order to compensate him for the NCEL using his name and photo to promote the lottery. If he wins a high value prize like that again I will be seeking legal action.NC Lottery
If you aren't enjoying yourself we would rather you take a break than feel frustrated. With games of chance there is never a guarantee of winning, only a chance to win. The lottery has extensive security procedures in place to ensure the integrity of the drawings, including supervision of the daily drawings by an independent auditor.

3/01/2021 10:07 - Linda D.

It is not fun anymore when there is NO winning, since the first of the year in my town, I have heard many people speaking of NO winning tickets, just a very-very few and far apart.NC Lottery
Hi Linda, sorry if you haven't had a big win recently. It takes a lot of luck to win a lottery prize. That said, we are seeing many winners every day. For example, in last night's Pick 3 drawing we saw 11,735 winning tickets totaling $4,638,992 in prizes.

3/01/2021 09:39 - Michael R.

Hardly anyone play for fun. They play to win. People giving away their hard earned money is never fun and I believe lotteries prey on poor people more and especially with the Pick 3 and pick 4 because they see those games as an easier way to get a quick win to pay a bill or something like that. This is why they anticipate a trip or quad being drawn to get something back, yet NCEL payout rate is low compared to neighboring states(from what I've heard) .That's a shame for a state that takes in so much money from players NC Lottery
Hi Michael, the lottery is meant to be played for fun. Games of chance aren't a strategy to solve financial problems. It takes luck to be one of the lucky ones who wins, and we hope you will only play with money you have set aside for entertainment.

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