You’ve got questions. We’re giving you answers and the inside scoop.
Will I win more if I pick my own numbers? Nope! Whether you pick your own numbers or choose a Quick Pick, the odds of winning are the same. So if you have that special set of numbers you love to play or prefer the ‘quicker’ option, go ahead and play it that way – that’s what makes it fun – but it won’t improve your chances of winning
Can I still win if a lot of people are playing? Yes! The odds of winning for each jackpot game, say Powerball or Mega Millions, stay the same regardless of the jackpot size – big or small – or how many other people play.
Will I win if I buy four tickets in a row? Nope! If the odds of winning a prize are 1 in 4, it does not mean you’re guaranteed to win a prize if you buy four tickets in a row. It just means that 25% of all tickets printed for that game have a prize on them. That means if you were to buy four tickets in a row, you could lose on all four, win on all four or fall somewhere in between.
Play Smart helps you craft a winning game plan each time you pick up your favorite scratch-off or draw game ticket. With Play Smart, you can:
- Bust some myths (can you improve your chances of winning?),
- Learn how odds work (what games have the best odds? You can find out!),
- Take quizzes (spending calculator, anyone?), and
- See how to keep your head in the game (gotta love winning tips!)
You can find all these winning strategies and much, much more by heading over to NCELottery.com/PlaySmart.
Now, most of you who have been with us for a while might already be an insider. That means we are counting on you to read up and help us share these tips with the other lottery players in your life.
Have fun when you play and always Play Smart.
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Never pay with your winning money. Pocket it.
Thanks for the useful info.
Helping fund educational needs are neat so we should be educated enough to know not to indulge!!!
Thanks for the information
Are there certain numbers that seem to pop-up or get drawn more frequently than others in draw games?
Good tips, Thank you for the information!
These tips help me understand more.
Thanks for the great information, how to use it and just a wonderful site!!!
I've been itching for a Scratchoff!
When my hand is itching I feel like I will win the lottery or find a check in the mailbox. I must be the left hand otherwise a bill just comes due if its my right hand. Hahahaha
Hope I win Something, This is My Birthday Month!!!
I could use a little extra "green" right now....darn COVID!!!
only spend your extra money. never take away from your monthly or daily expenses
Old boss bought four $1 scratch off tickets for his office pool - 4 sequentially numbered tickets - and all four were winners. So...I believe that happens!
I like the suggestion of Heather K, of the cap on the total lottery prize but more smaller prizes.
Fun playing just don’t do often I limit myself
If anything its my donation to help out the great state of N.C.
When is the best time tp buy tickets
Thanks for the information
I always have a dream! lol
Love getting tips. What are the odds of winning the PB or MM by using quick pick versus picking my own numbers?
I feel the Lucke Rewards could offer more prizes by lessening the amounts. For example, now there is 1 grand prize winner for $ 15K and I feel it should be 1-$10K, 1-$2500, 1-$1500, 1-$750 & 1-$250 that will be 5 winners instead of 1.
Useful info and I like the learn how the oodds work option
What are the percentages (winners) who won using quick pick versus picking their own numbers because it rarely state this information on your website when you report large wins.
Need to win one good time