Players of North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) games must be 18 years or older to buy or redeem tickets, which can be purchased at more than 5,500 retailers throughout the state.
Once expenses are paid, the proceeds of the NCEL help, funnily enough, to fund education - specifically, as required by law, to pre-school for at-risk four year olds, class size reduction in grades K through 3, school construction and need-based college scholarships. In the 2008/9 fiscal year, the lottery saw ticket sales of $1.293 billion, of which $411 million was contributed to help fund the state's education system.
Prizes of $600 and less can be redeemed at any NCEL retailer, or by mailing the ticket, signed on the back, plus a claim form, to the lottery's Raleigh headquarters. Prizes over $601 and less than $100,000 must be claimed at NCEL headquarters, or one of the NCEL office, located at Asheville, Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington and Greenville. Prizes greater than $100,000 must be claimed in person at NCEL headquarters. If mailing your winning ticket be sure to keep a copy of the front and back of all documents you send.
Winners have 180 days after the date of the draw in which to make their prize claim.
It is advisable that as soon as possible after purchasing your ticket you should sign the back of the ticket, as without this anyone in possession of a winning ticket may file a claim.
Prizes are subject to Federal and State withholding tax.