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.”