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So many folks won a lottery drawing that NC staff says to expect lines to claim prize

NC Lottery official on the integrity of the games

Alice Garland, head of the NC Education Lottery, said integrity is vital to the lottery, and that its crucial for players to believe the state is offering fair and honest games.
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Alice Garland, head of the NC Education Lottery, said integrity is vital to the lottery, and that its crucial for players to believe the state is offering fair and honest games.

So many people selected the numbers of 0-0-0-0 in Saturday’s Carolina Pick 4 lottery drawing that officials are warning of long lines for winners to claim their prizes.

Lottery officials said 2,014 tickets matched all four numbers, amounting to a record $7.8 million in winnings for players.

The previous mark of $7.5 million was set on Aug. 11, 2012, with the numbers 1-1-1-1, according to a news release by the NC Education Lottery.

The 1,002 people who bought a $1 ticket with the correct numbers will win the game’s $5,000 top prize, officials said. Another 1,012 people who bought winning 50-cent tickets will get a $2,500 prize.

The lottery said the odds of correctly matching all four numbers in a Pick 4 drawing stand at 1 in 10,000.

Winners can claim their prize at any of six lottery regional offices weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Due to the large number of winners, players should expect extended waiting times to complete their claims if they choose to visit a regional office on Monday and Tuesday,” Saturday’s news release said.

Players have six months to claim their prize and must provide photo ID and proof of their Social Security number. Prizes also can be claimed by mail.

For details on making a claim, visit https://www.nclottery.com/ClaimPrizes or call 877-962-7529. A claims form can be download from the website.

The lottery’s regional offices are at:

  • 2728 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh.
  • 16-G Regent Park Blvd. in Asheville.
  • 5029-A W. W.T. Harris Blvd. in Charlotte.
  • 20A Oak Branch Drive in Greensboro.
  • 2790 Dickinson Ave., Suite A in Greenville.
  • 123 N. Cardinal Ext. Drive, Suite 140 in Wilmington.

Carolina Pick 4 drawings are at 3 and 11:22 p.m. daily. Players can choose their own numbers or let a lottery terminal generate them.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.

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