Odds of winning even better due to slow sales
By Todd Northrop
The North Carolina Lottery's latest raffle-style game, Cash Splash Millionaire Raffle, was drawn Monday, and made three instant millionaires.
The winning numbers can be found at Lottery Post's North Carolina Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/nc).
Cash Splash Millionaire Raffle is a raffle-style game offered by the North Carolina Lottery, with only 500,000 of the $20 tickets available for purchase.
If the game had sold out, each of the $20 tickets would offer a 1-in-166,667 chance of winning $1 million. However, the game did not sell out, giving all ticket-holders an even better chance of winning. A total of 299,319 tickets were sold, improving the odds of winning $1 million to an unprecedented 1 in 99,574.
There was one drawing on September 20, 2010 to select three $1 million prize winners, eight $50,000 prize winners, 30 $5,000 prize winners, and 560 $500 prize winners.
The final odds calculations for winning a prize are:
- $1 million: 1 in 99,574
- $50,000: 1 in 37,341
- $5,000: 1 in 9,958
- $500: 1 in 534
This is the third raffle for the North Carolina Lottery — but the first held in the state since 2007.
Tickets first went on sale July 2, and sold 299,319 of the 500,000 available inventory.
Each raffle ticket contains a unique, six-digit number issued sequentially across the state from the Lottery's central computer, starting with number 000001. The last raffle ticket issued for the game contained the raffle ticket number 299319. The six-digit number printed on the ticket must match the six-digit raffle number combination selected in the drawing — in the exact sequence in which it was selected — to be considered a winning ticket.
All prize levels are paid out in cash, including the jackpot. The North Carolina Lottery sweetens the $1 million prize by paying the initial taxes on the prize, netting the winner the full $1 million.
Prizes of $500 can be claimed at a local lottery retailer. Prizes of $5,000 and $50,000 can be claimed at any N.C. Lottery Regional Claim Center. The million dollar top prizes must be claimed in person at N.C. Lottery Headquarters.
Prizes must be claimed within 180 calendar days of the drawing.