Generally, our Internet Service Provider (ISP) automatically captures the following information during each visit to this website: your domain name, the date and time of your access, the pages of our website that you visited, the internet address and name of the page that referred you to our website, your current network internet address (IP address), brand of browser and version used to access our website, and the operating system you are using. The information gathered is used to assist us in determining how to make our website more useful and accessible to visitors. The information is given to us in an aggregate form such that no single user is identified.
We may also retain any information that you voluntarily provide to us, such as your name, address, etc. We collect information on individuals who communicate with us via email or who voluntarily submit forms on our website. When you convey this information to us, you are authorizing us (and all third parties authorized by us) to use, transmit, disclose and store such information for all purposes necessary to consummate the transaction you have requested. Further, your communicating with us by email is your acknowledgment that you agree to conduct business using email; however, the NCEL reserves the right to use the method of communication it deems best in interacting with you. Your email address may be retained for further communication with you and for NCEL marketing purposes, such as promotional information, surveys, jackpot alerts and other internal uses.
Our site may use “cookies”, both persistent and non-persistent, to store information. Cookies are small data files that can be stored on your computer system that contain information pertinent to our website. The cookies will not contain personally identifiable information and in most instances are encrypted.
How the Information is Used
The North Carolina Educational Lottery, as the developer and manager of its websites, has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information maintained. These measures are designed and intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized access to our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection of private information in the Lottery’s possession and within the Lottery’s control. When collecting private data from you, the Lottery utilizes Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input and prevents unauthorized viewing.
Typically, the information automatically collected and voluntarily submitted is used to provide website visitors with a more personal experience and to present them with information that is most pertinent to their specific needs. We also use the information to operate and improve our website, to gather and provide information about our products and services, and to gather user and customer information.
Reasonable care will be utilized to ensure that files and data contained therein which may personally identify you are kept in a secured location. However, please be aware that, except as protected by law, such information may be subject to disclosure pursuant to the North Carolina Public Records Act, N.C.G.S. §132-1 et seq. At the discretion of the NC Lottery, such files and/or data may also be routinely purged.