When you play the lottery,

Know the Game

The best offense is a good defense. Understanding odds and knowing how lottery games really work are among the strongest strategies you’ve got in this game. So, read up. If you choose to get in the game, remember to have fun!

Understanding Odds

Whether you’re trying your luck on a draw game or a scratch-off, each play is random, and prior results don’t mean a thing. So keep that in mind the next time you think you’re due for a win.

Do the odds change as the jackpot grows?

NO: The odds for each jackpot game remain constant, regardless of the jackpot size or how many other people play.

Does purchasing multiple tickets improve the odds of winning?

NO: The odds do not improve based upon the number of tickets you buy. Let’s put it into perspective. If the odds of winning a prize are 1 in 4, it does not mean that if you buy four tickets you'll have a winner. You could buy four tickets and lose on all four, win on all four or fall somewhere in between.

Does playing the same numbers increase the chance of winning?

NO: Lottery drawings are completely random events and previous results have no bearing on future drawing outcomes. This means that for every lottery drawing, each number has an equal chance of being drawn and every set of numbers has the same chance of winning.

We believe that the more you know, the more fun you’ll have playing our games responsibly.

Check the Playbook

The lottery’s playbook provides all the tools you need to be informed and play smart. Let’s put it into perspective. You wouldn’t buy a new car or computer without first doing your homework. Just like you choose to be informed with other decisions in your life, you can also choose to be informed when you play the lottery.

Game odds

We share odds of winning on the back of all of our scratch-off tickets, in our advertisements and on our website, nclottery.com/Play.

Prizes Remaining

You can see prizes remaining for your favorite scratch-off games on our website. Head on over to nclottery.com/ScratchOff, select a game and you're off to the races.

How to Play

We provide detailed How to Play brochures and flipbooks at play centers at our over 7,000 retailers and on our website, nclottery.com/Play. Just select which game you want to learn about. From there, you’ll find all the information you need to Play Smart.

No longer just a game?

If you think your play has become a problem, there is hope. Free confidential help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Talk, text or chat with a trained, licensed clinician that can provide free counseling services.

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