The North Carolina Education Lottery gets under way this week and several major events are planned.
On Monday the first advertising will hit radio and television. The ads will be teasers to let consumers know that the lottery starts Thursday.
By Wednesday thousands of tickets will be in the hands of more than 4,000 retailers.
Then, the first ticket will be sold in North Carolina at 6 a.m. Thursday.
Pamphlets will be available at retailers explaining how to play the games and what your odds are of winning.
Four scratch-off games will be available this week, with more on the way in about two weeks. The Powerball starts May 30 and other games will start in the fall.