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N.C. Lottery Plans $1 Million Raffle

North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: N.C. Lottery Plans $1 Million Raffle
At $20, it'll be the most expensive ticket to go on sale in the short history of the state lottery. The odds are a whole lot better than Powerball, and the prize is a cool $1 million.

A raffle — a favorite fundraising tool of school parent groups and peewee sports teams — could be coming to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

"It's the kind of game that appeals to people," said lottery chief Tom Shaheen.

The state lottery commission will consider adding the raffle to its lineup at its meeting Tuesday.

Instead of selling paper tickets from a roll, retailers will sell 500,000 numbers through the lottery's computer network. With four grand prizes of $1 million, a $20 ticket will carry a 1-in-125,000 chance of winning the top prize. The odds of buying a winning Powerball ticket: 1-in-146,107,962.

"It's about as good as it's going to get to win $1 million," Shaheen said.

The current plan calls for five additional winners of $100,000 and 500 winners of $1,000. Still, 99.89 percent of the tickets would be losers.

Shaheen is suggesting the raffle tickets go on sale in May, with the winning numbers drawn on the Fourth of July. The state's haul from the game would include roughly $3.5 million for education programs.

The raffle idea isn't a new one. Such games were among the first lotteries played in the Colonial-era United States, and a raffle helped build the South Building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other state lotteries have also run raffles, and in most cases, tickets have sold out.

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Posted: February 13, 2007, 11:06 am - IP Logged

99.89 percent of the tickets will be losers.Not a great game in my opinion.NC would be better served by getting the Pick 4 game going.Then add a day/night option for all the ball games.

Shaheen continues to chase high publicity games while failing to really establish the lottery in NC.Pick 3,4,5 in a day/night format would be a far better choice than a one time raffle. 

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    Posted: February 13, 2007, 12:07 pm - IP Logged

    99.89 percent of the tickets will be losers.Not a great game in my opinion.NC would be better served by getting the Pick 4 game going.Then add a day/night option for all the ball games.

    Shaheen continues to chase high publicity games while failing to really establish the lottery in NC.Pick 3,4,5 in a day/night format would be a far better choice than a one time raffle. 

    I Agree!  Dumb,Dumb idea!!  If SC could'nt get all of their's sold at $10 apeice, albeit there were a million- vs- 500,000 in this one, I personally dont think dont NC will do much better. I know that I WONT be buying any of them. The Stooges 's up in Raleigh can do better than this!  Additonal drawing's in P-3 & the addition of P-4 would surely bring more revenue than this or so i think.

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      Posted: February 13, 2007, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

      No, not a great game at those odds IMO.

       

      Maybe it will appeal to those who keep calling at a "makable" chance at $1 (or multiple $1 million prizes instead of one multi-million prize).

       

      Was SC's game an instant ticket or an online game? I know they had a problem with ticket distribution on their first high-dollar instant game. 

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        Posted: February 13, 2007, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

        99.89 percent of the tickets will be losers.Not a great game in my opinion.NC would be better served by getting the Pick 4 game going.Then add a day/night option for all the ball games.

        Shaheen continues to chase high publicity games while failing to really establish the lottery in NC.Pick 3,4,5 in a day/night format would be a far better choice than a one time raffle. 

        I couldn't agree more.

         

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          Posted: February 13, 2007, 4:57 pm - IP Logged

          I strongly agree with THAT.  I did contact the NC Lottery concerning the P-4 game.  The reply was that if that game were to be considered, it would be in the next fiscal year which begins in July '07.  Hopefully our emails can put more pressure on to impliment the game within the next fiscal year.


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            Posted: February 13, 2007, 5:46 pm - IP Logged

            Good luck, NC on your raffle ticket sales.  We still have just over 139K waiting to be sold in KY for our Raffle ticket.

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              Posted: February 15, 2007, 2:45 am - IP Logged

              the north carolina lottery is in dire need of a good leader.the three stooges vibe they give off and the constant mistakes they make surely don't help matters.when you can't even get a proper logo before you even start then thats a bad omen.

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                Posted: February 17, 2007, 10:31 pm - IP Logged

                the north carolina lottery is in dire need of a good leader.the three stooges vibe they give off and the constant mistakes they make surely don't help matters.when you can't even get a proper logo before you even start then thats a bad omen.

                I Agree!

                In their short lottery history, the state of NC has had one Powerball jackpot ticket sold and numerous second place powerball winners , but for some reason can not capitalize on the publicity and launch a pick 4 and a pick 5 game to boost revenues.
                How hard can it be to add the pick 4 since you already have the pick 3 ?

                Best they can come up with is piggybacking on the raffle bandwagon ?

                that dog won't hunt.

                3 stooges is right...