By Todd Northrop
A popular new lottery game format is now finding its way to North Carolina.
Starting September 7, North Carolina lottery players will be able to buy tickets for the latest North Carolina Lottery game called All or Nothing.
In the new game, players choose 12 numbers from a total pool of 24 numbers, and they can win the top prize by matching either all or none of the 12 numbers drawn to the numbers on their game ticket.
The top prize is $250,000.
All or Nothing is the North Carolina Lottery's first new numbers game in more than four years.
Lottery officials announced Monday the twice-daily "All or Nothing" game begins Sept. 7 and tickets will cost $2 each. Drawings will be held at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Players pick 12 numbers, 1 through 24. There's a $250,000 top prize if all or none of the 12 numbers match those drawn. Four lower prize amounts are possible for other combinations.
North Carolina is not the first state to implement the 'All or Nothing' game format, which has gained popularity recently in several other states. Currently, the states of Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Texas, as well as the country of Ireland, have started All or Nothing games. (It is called Hit or Miss in Illinois.)
Among the other All or Nothing states, Georgia, Illinois, and Texas and Illinois have implemented the game with four daily drawings.
Lottery Executive Director Alice Garland says the draw game will help the lottery meet its new goal of raising $520 million for education.
There are 10 ways to win:
- Match four or eight numbers for $2 (1 in 5.5 odds)
- Match three or nine numbers for $10 (1 in 28 odds)
- Match two or 10 numbers for $50 (1 in 310.5 odds)
- Match one or 11 numbers for $500 (1 in 9,390 odds)
- Match zero or 12 numbers for $250,000 (1 in 1.35 million odds)
This is the sixth draw game for the North Carolina lottery. There's the daily Carolina Pick 3, Pick 4 and Cash 5, and the twice-weekly multi-state Mega Millions and Powerball.