NC Education Lottery unveils new subscription program

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Submitted: Thu, 12/05/2013 - 4:11am
Updated: Thu, 12/05/2013 - 2:18pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Education Lottery is hoping lady luck is on their side as they unveil a new subscription program for Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5.

“Last year, we raised $471 million for education in North Carolina,” said NC Education Lottery spokesman Van Denton. “If we can increase our ticket sales in these three games, then we’ll be able to raise more money for education in North Carolina.”

Under the subscription program lotto hopefuls must buy at least two weeks’ worth of tickets for their favorite game with a max of $70 worth of tickets available per person per week, but the system is already drawing mixed reviews.

“In the state of North Carolina, it’s about four percent of the population that has a problem gambling,” said Gary Gray of the NC Council on Problem Gambling. “As far as the lottery itself, it’s never been a major problem as far as compulsive gamblers in the state since we started it.”

“Most people these days aren’t keeping track of the money the way they should be, especially college students and millenials, and this is just an easy way for them to lose money and not keep track,” said Jenna Kearns.

Lottery officials admit there is a risk, but offer this bit of advice for luck.

“It should be for fun and entertainment,” Denton said. “You should only play the lottery with money that you can afford to lose. You shouldn’t be spending your gas money, your food money and your rent money on the lottery.”


  • Angewidert says:

    So a poster simply states that NY and FL have lottery programs in place that he feels might even be more efficient and the only response you can come up with is some stupid knee-jerk regional bigotry?

    Class will out and apparently yours has not only outed, it has gone and left the premises.

  • Guest1851658 says:

    Your last thought does not make a lot of sense. Anyhow, why don’t you go to NY with him?

  • Angewidert says:

    Your right, my second thought was a little obscure. I should have simply said that to attack a person for no good reason is a low class thing to do.

    Thanks for your help and have a nice day. :-)

  • guest45 says:

    couldn’t agree more, this state has no business in either the gambling business or the sale of alcohol, gambling and alcohol should not be tied to government functions. What’s next, are they going to try their hand in running and managing house’s of ill repute?

  • Monkey Junction says:

    The state of North Carolina has no business being involved in gambling nor alcohol. Why is it fine for NC to run gambling but outlaws private casinos with sports books and table games/slot? Well because they want a monopoly on the money.

    It is also a farce that the lottery is an education lottery. The GA just moves that cash around for the general fund with very little money going to education. If all of this cash is going to education, why are teacher salaries in NC in the bottom 5 states?

  • craig says:

    Where are gas stations any more? Boy do I miss the days of my childhood when the guy came out pumped the gas and checked the oil. He also washed the windows. Man do I miss gas stations. Where is one?

  • DW King says:

    The website for the subscription service is a disaster. It debits your account and you have to wait five business days before you can purchase tickets. The site says if you sign up with a debit card you can purchase tickets instantly—- not true. The system is not set up for that—yet. It ialso does not tell you if the money you deposit has been accepted. You must navigate to a separate WALLET section and only there can you see if it has been deposited. This has caused them to have to refund people who have pressed the button more than once due to the confusion. And they will refund only part of those funds—even after promising it will all be refunded. Then you wait another 7-10 days just to get the partial refund. Don’t even bother calling them. They will promise to call back and won’t. But you will get an email basically telling you the exact opposite of what you were told on the phone. Just buy from a vendor, get instant ticket and a far better chance of getting your payout without waiting weeks for them to remit your winnings.

  • craig says:

    Since it has been here I have never played the lottery. I already pay taxes for crying out loud. Scratch and smile as I walk out of the store smiling bigger. BTW: I only use convenience stores for gas. My mom would never ever let me buy groceries or candy there.

  • guestonepercent says:

    Well, aren’t you something?!

  • 8844 says:

    Not sure if you’re aware of this, but this might be helpful at some future date: You can also purchase gas at gas stations. :-)

  • Martin Smith says:

    This is to me just typical of bureaucratic thinking. They want your money but only if you sign up for two weeks yet you can’t spend more than $70.00? What kind of committee decided that $71.00 is too much money? I live in Florida and I buy my lottery tickets twice a year for 52 draws or 26 weeks. Yes, I can afford it before I hear from the social engineers out there. Just a prime example of North Carolina trying to move into the 21st century from the 18th and ending up in the 19th or 20th. Similar to my not being able to buy than x number of cases of beer and none on Sunday before a certain time and in some counties not at all in any quantity of any date.

    When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. H L Mencken

  • MikeM says:

    NY has a program similar to Florida where you can “play” the lotto for a year and they will even mail you a check for what you have won and they have been doing that for years.

    WAKE UP N.C. !!

  • Nancy Gulliver says:

    By ALL means,PLEASE go back to NY and enjoy it!!!!!!!!!

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