Sept. 13, 2013 – The North Carolina Lottery announced Thursday that it would begin offering its players an online subscription service through which players can buy their Powerball, Mega Millions, and Carolina Cash 5 tickets.
The online service is mostly aimed at making it easier for regular lottery players to buy their tickets. Only advance-play tickets will be sold through the Lottery’s online subscriptions, and there will be a two-week minimum subscription for all three games.
“By making a subscription service available for players who like to buy tickets in advance, we’re making those purchases more convenient and providing better customer service,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery, in a press release.
While convenience is key, the online service, which is planned to launch in November, will also feature several security measures and limits to promote responsible gambling.
Players who wish to purchase an advance play subscription online will have to sign up for a free account which will allow them to access a secure page on the Lottery’s Lucke-Zone website.
The Lottery will verify that people who sign up for the online subscription are 18 or older, and will also make sure they are within the state of North Carolina, before any tickets are sold.
To promote responsible play, the Lottery will place a limit on the number of multi-draw tickets players can buy at one time, the same way they do with traditional sales.
Subscription players will have to buy their tickets using a debit card, or by transferring money from a bank account. To play, they’ll choose their game, the number of drawings they’d like to play, and their numbers. They can then monitor their bets on the website, and will get email alerts if their lucky numbers come up.
Winnings under $600 from the online service would be automatically deposited into players’ bank accounts, while players would still be required to claim prizes worth $600 or more at a Lottery office.