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North Carolina Lottery Results

Game Result Est. Jackpot Next Draw
Pick 3 Daytime
  • 6
  • 4
  • 2
Top Prize
$500
Next Draw
Top Prize
$500
Pick 3 Evening
  • 2
  • 4
  • 3
Top Prize
$500
Next Draw
Top Prize
$500
Pick 4 Daytime
  • 1
  • 8
  • 6
  • 4
Top Prize
$5,000
Next Draw
Top Prize
$5,000
Pick 4 Evening
  • 5
  • 7
  • 2
  • 9
Top Prize
$5,000
Next Draw
Top Prize
$5,000
Cash 5
  • 14
  • 23
  • 25
  • 35
  • 42
Est. Jackpot
$120,000
Next Draw
Est. Jackpot
$134,000
Powerball
  • 8
  • 31
  • 39
  • 40
  • 43
  • PB: 4
  • Power Play: 3
Est. Jackpot
$180 Million
Next Draw
Est. Jackpot
$190 Million
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Mega Millions
  • 24
  • 38
  • 44
  • 57
  • 58
  • MB: 17
  • Megaplier: 4
Est. Jackpot
$121 Million
Next Draw
Est. Jackpot
$127 Million
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Lucky for Life
  • 2
  • 25
  • 26
  • 30
  • 37
  • LB: 8
Top Prize
$1,000 Per day for life
Next Draw
Top Prize
$1,000 Per day for life

Games

A quick summary for all North Carolina State Lottery games.

Game Type Numbers Sales Close
Pick 3 Daytime Daily 3 from 0-9 2:45 p.m.
Pick 3 Evening Daily 3 from 0-9 10:59 p.m.
Pick 4 Daytime Daily 4 from 0-9 2:45 p.m.
Pick 4 Evening Daily 4 from 0-9 10:59 p.m.
Cash 5 Daily 5 from 1-43 10:59 p.m.
Powerball Jackpot 5 from 1-69 + 1 from 1-26 9:59 p.m.
Mega Millions Jackpot 5 from 1-70 + 1 from 1-25 10:45 p.m.
Lucky for Life Jackpot 5 from 1-48 + 1 from 1-18 9:30 p.m.

Game Schedule

Find out when each draw takes place.

Game Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Pick 3 Daytime 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Pick 3 Evening 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m.
Pick 4 Daytime 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Pick 4 Evening 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m.
Cash 5 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m. 11:22 p.m.
Powerball       10:59 p.m.     10:59 p.m.
Mega Millions     11:00 p.m.     11:00 p.m.  
Lucky for Life   11:45 p.m.     11:45 p.m.    
All times displayed in North Carolina local time.

Advanced Draws

Players can purchase tickets for several consecutive draws in advance for the lottery games on offer in North Carolina.

Game Advanced Draws
Pick 3 Daytime 7 draws
Pick 3 Evening 7 draws
Pick 4 Daytime 7 draws
Pick 4 Evening 7 draws
Cash 5 28 draws
Powerball 26 draws
Mega Millions 26 draws
Lucky for Life 26 draws

Claiming Prizes

Here's the normal process for claiming prizes in North Carolina.

Prizes of $599 or Less

Option 1.
Claim at any local retailer.
Option 2.
Claim at any of the Lottery Claim Centers.
Option 3.
Post the signed ticket to the North Carolina Lottery.

Prizes of $600 or Over

Option 1.
Claim at any of the Lottery Claim Centers.
Option 2.
Complete a claim form, sign the back of the ticket and post both items to the North Carolina Lottery.

Prizes of $100,000 or Over

For prizes of $100,000 or more, bring your ticket to the NCEL headquarters with a completed claim form, a photo ID, and a security card.

It normally takes around three business days to process the claim (from the moment the claim is received), but please allow at least two weeks to make sure the claim is received.

Postal Address
NCEL
PO Box 41606, Raleigh, NC 27629-1606

Claim Centers

Tax Information

Here are the taxes withheld from lottery winnings of U.S. citizens or residents within the state of North Carolina.

North Carolina Lottery tax withholdings on winnings from $600 to $5,000 for U.S. citizens or residents
Winnings Tax Percentage
$600 and up to $5,000 State Tax 5.25%
Federal Tax 0%
    Total: 5.25%
North Carolina Lottery tax withholdings on winnings over $5,000 for U.S. citizens or residents
Winnings Tax Percentage
Over $5,000 State Tax 5.25%
Federal Tax 24%
    Total: 29.25%

If the winner is not a U.S. citizen or is not a resident, the taxes withheld by the North Carolina Lottery are as follows.

North Carolina Lottery tax withholdings on winnings from $600 and up to $5,000 for non-U.S. citizens or non-residents
Winnings Tax Percentage
$600 and up to $5,000 State Tax 5.25%
Federal Tax 0%
    Total: 5.25%
North Carolina Lottery tax withholdings on winnings over $5,000 for non-U.S. citizens or non-residents
Winnings Tax Percentage
Winnings of $600 and up to $5,000 State Tax 5.25%
Federal Tax 30%
    Total: 35.25%

About the North Carolina Lottery

North Carolina Scenery

Formally named the North Carolina Education Lottery, the lottery launched in 2005 through an act of the state’s legislature.

The main goal of the lottery is to raise all-important funds for state education, right from preschool through to college. The lottery joined Powerball in 2006, followed by Mega Millions in 2010. The North Carolina Lottery, to date, has allocated more than $5.5 billion to education initiatives in the state.

Contact Information

Phone Number:
(877) 962-7529

FAQS

1. How old do I have to be to play the lottery in North Carolina?

Players need to be 18 years old or older.


2. How long do I have to claim my lottery winnings?

In North Carolina, you have 180 days from the date of the draw to redeem your winning tickets.


3. What happens if I lose or damage my North Carolina lottery tickets?

Anybody can claim your ticket if you lose it or it is stolen. A lottery ticket is a bearer instrument until it is signed. Make sure you sign the back of your ticket as soon as you purchase it.


4. Can I remain anonymous if I win a North Carolina Lottery jackpot?

In the state of North Carolina, winner’s names, city, county, and the amount they win is a matter of public record, unless the winner is able to produce a valid protective order or an Address Confidentiality Program authorization.

We suggest that you consult with a lawyer before claiming any big prizes, however, as it may be possible to claim your prize through a trust in order to retain your anonymity.


5. Can I purchase lottery tickets through the mail or over the phone?

No, you cannot play through the mail or over the phone. You must purchase your North Carolina Lottery tickets either at a licensed retailer, online or through the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.


6. Can I claim my lottery winnings by mail?

Yes. Prizes of $99,999 or less can be claimed through the mail. You can find the contact details on the Claiming Prizes section. Alternatively, you can visit a claim center. Jackpot winners will need to visit the North Carolina Lottery headquarters to claim their prize.


7. What lottery games can I play in North Carolina?

North Carolina lottery players can purchase tickets for Pick 3 (Daytime, Evening), Pick 4 (Daytime, Evening), Cash 5, Lucky for Life, Powerball, and Mega Millions.


8. What taxes do I have to pay if I win the lottery?

In North Carolina, all lottery prizes are subject to federal and state taxes. The North Carolina Lottery is also required to withhold taxes on certain lottery winnings. The Tax Information section has all the details.


9. Can I purchase North Carolina Lottery tickets in advance?

Yes, for all the games on offer in the state, you can purchase multiple tickets for consecutive draws in advance.


10. Where do the proceeds from the sale of lottery tickets go?

The North Carolina Lottery uses proceeds from the sale of tickets to assist various educational initiatives in the state.


Got any more questions about the North Carolina Lottery? Contact us we'd love to help answer them.