North Carolina Education Lottery

North Carolina Educational Lottery

We here at WFAE pride ourselves in having a ‘nose for news.’ Sometimes, that leads us to strange stories and even stranger questions.

Tasnim Shamma

Rather than making the trip to the gas station for the weekly lottery ticket, North Carolina players will soon be able to try their luck at home.

Starting in November, the North Carolina Education Lottery players will be able buy and play three major jackpot games with just an internet connection.

An outside audit lauds the North Carolina Education Lottery for keeping costs down and boosting profits every year since 2007. But that may not be enough to ward off new restrictions state lawmakers have in mind for the lottery. 

A million-dollar lottery ticket purchased at a Matthews gas station is set to expire Wednesday. The ticket would be the largest ever to go unclaimed in North Carolina. Some lucky person walked into the Market Express on Monroe Road on August 20 and picked all five winning numbers for the MegaMillions lottery: 4-13-20-29-48.

And that's where the luck ended.

That person has yet to claim the million dollar prize and Market Express manager Esther Roach isn't too hopeful. "It had to have been someone that threw it away in error," says Roach. "I'm sure."

Geddings Resigns from Lottery Commission

Nov 2, 2005

(11/02/05) Charlotte marketing executive Kevin Geddings resigned Monday from the just formed North Carolina Lottery Commission. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Geddings about what led to his decision to resign. (note: interview was given prior to news of Geddings' company having received $24,000 from a potential lottery vendor)

Code of Ethics for NC Lottery

Oct 27, 2005

(10/27/05) The new North Carolina State Lottery Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a code of ethics. They're hoping the code will help quell a controversy that's been brewing since the commission started. Laura Leslie reports from the state capitol.