15th Anniversary

$8 billion

raised for education*

$18 billion

in prizes for players*
Your Education Lottery marks its 15th anniversary on March 30. That’s right. The first lottery ticket in North Carolina was sold on Thursday, March 30, 2006. Since then, 15 years of play and fun has added up to a lot of possibilities.

*Estimates, March 30, 2021

Celebrate With Us

Use Lucke-Rewards points to enter our 15th Anniversary Cash drawing. You could win a $15,000 grand prize or one of the 15 prizes of 1,500 Lucke-Rewards points.
  • Get ready for a special Lucke-Rewards surprise on our anniversary Tuesday, March 30. Stay tuned!
  • Follow our social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ll be celebrating socially too.
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The Biggest Wins

Charles Jackson is our biggest winner ever, taking home a $344.6 million Powerball jackpot on June 1, 2019.
“You play to win, but you never really expect to win the whole dang pot.”
Dale Summey and his wife, Robin, became the first to win the lottery’s top scratch-off prize of $10 million. The win came in September 2015 in the Ultimate Millions game.
“It feels wonderful, but it is still hard to believe. It is. It’s wonderful, and it’s a blessing.”

15 Years of Fun

Highlights

Mar 30, 2006

First scratch-offs sold

Mar 31, 2006

First $100,000 winner claims prize

May 30, 2006

Powerball launches

Oct 6, 2006

Carolina Pick 3 launches

Oct 27, 2006

Carolina Cash 5 launches

Apr 17, 2009

Carolina Pick 4 launches

Jan 31, 2010

Mega Millions launches

Oct 1, 2012

Lucke-Rewards goes live

Sep 21, 2015

$10 million scratch-off prize

Feb 7, 2016

Lucky For Life launches

Jun 3, 2017

Record $1.7 million Cash 5 jackpot won

Oct 29, 2017

Keno launches

Jun 1, 2019

Largest Powerball jackpot ever won in NC, $344.6 million

Sep 13, 2020

Fast Play launches

Jun 30, 2020

Sales top $3 billion for first time; record $729 million raised for education

Top Daily Draw Wins So Far

On June 3, 2017, a single ticket sold in Hickory wins record $1.7 million jackpot
On Aug. 24, 2020, “quads” of 9-9-9-9 drawn in the evening drawing delivered $9.3 million in prizes to more than 2,500 winning tickets.
On May 29, 2020, “trips” of 1-1-1 drawn in the evening drawing delivered $5 million in prizes to more than 12,000 winning tickets.

Your Favorite Store

There are now over 7,000 retailers across NC that help us deliver on our mission every day. Here are the top 5 stores in ticket sales.
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Then vs Now

Then Now
Annual sales $885.6 million $3.02 billion
Annual prizes $451.8 million $1.96 billion
Annual amount for education $315 million $729.4 million
Lottery stores 5,000 7,049
Scratch-offs games 68 762
Draw Games 3 8

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