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A special promotion for North Carolina’s jackpot game gives Carolina Cash 5 players five extra chances to win as much as $50,000.

Between now and next summer, the lottery will hold five Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawings. For each drawing, five prizes will be awarded: One $50,000 grand prize, one $5,000 prize, and three $1,000 prizes.

The promotion starts on Sunday, Sept. 9 and it’s easy to be eligible to win. To get any entry slip for a Bonus Bucks drawing, make a $5 Cash 5 purchase in one of the two following ways:

  • Select five sets of numbers for one drawing on a single ticket purchase
  • Choose one set of numbers for five drawings on a single ticket purchase

When you do this, an entry slip will be automatically generated (at no extra cost) along with your separate $5 Carolina Cash 5 ticket. Make sure to get your Cash 5 ticket and your entry slip at the time of purchase – and keep them both. After all, both could make you a winner!

Please note that the lottery’s computer system cannot create multiple Bonus Bucks entry slips for one Cash 5 ticket. That means buying $10 in Cash 5 tickets at once will not create two Bonus Bucks entries and buying a 28-day Multi-Draw ticket will not generate five entries. If you want more than one Bonus Bucks entry, divide up your Cash 5 ticket purchases into one of the two ways mentioned above.

The physical entry slip is important. If a winning 9-digit number drawn at random matches your Bonus Bucks entry slip, you win a prize. To claim a Bonus Bucks prize, the winning entry slip must be presented.

Starting Sept. 9, entry slips will be valid for the first Bonus Bucks drawing. When an entry slip is generated after the first entry deadline, it will be valid for the next drawing. Here is the complete schedule:

  • Draw #1 - Entry Deadline: Nov. 7, 2012 Drawing Date: Nov. 14, 2012
  • Draw #2 - Entry Deadline: Jan. 9, 2013 Drawing Date: Jan. 16, 2013
  • Draw #3 - Entry Deadline: March 13, 2013 Drawing Date: March 20, 2013
  • Draw #4 - Entry Deadline: May 15, 2013 Drawing Date: May 22, 2013
  • Draw #5 - Entry Deadline: July 17, 2013 Drawing Date: July. 24, 2013

To find out if you are a winner in a Cash 5 Bonus Bucks Drawing, check the lottery’s website after the drawing. The five prize-winning numbers selected in a random drawing will be posted there. Prizes won in the Bonus Bucks drawings must be claimed at one of the lottery’s regional claim centers, or by mail.

There are many ways you can learn more about Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawings. As we get closer to Sept. 9, check the lottery website for information about the promotion. Bonus Bucks how to play brochures can be picked up at lottery retailers. For specific questions you can call the player hotline at (877) 962-7529.

We are looking forward to awarding 25 Carolina Cash 5 Bonus Bucks prizes to winners, including the five $50,000 winners. Remember to hang on to those entry slips to find out if you’re a winner.

101 Comments

On 8/27/2012 03:48, tasorrell said

sounds cool! I will be playing for sure! Thanks for the extra chances to win!

On 8/27/2012 03:52, jamescaddi said

Wow.This will be exciting.Especially if I win!!!

On 8/27/2012 04:15, Sandy said

great hopefully it help my chances of winning

On 8/27/2012 05:23, wickedwanda777 said

doesnt matter if u dont live in the raleigh or greensboro area u will not win anyway !!!!!

On 8/27/2012 06:01, rajeshpatel said

719

On 8/27/2012 06:04, rajeshpatel said

my no. is 7 19 20 33 37 8/27/2012

On 8/27/2012 06:43, idagal43 said

GREAT

On 8/27/2012 06:54, Lucke-Zone said

@ WICKEDWANDA777 - Do you ever read our big winner stories? Players from all over the state win big prizes playing the lottery: http://bit.ly/HbkZrz

On 8/27/2012 09:54, Player said

how it work

On 8/27/2012 10:06, livelym61 said

I got my winning numbers ready I see win win=$$$$$$ IN THE CRYSTAL BALL

On 8/28/2012 12:06, Vivain said

Question: Are we using scratch off and pick 5 losing to ticket to win prizes for second chance win? I just want to know what to save for this event.

On 8/28/2012 08:20, oldmansoul said

what do you mean-----if a winning nine digit number is drawn at random matches your bonus buck entry slip you win a prize ??????????

On 8/28/2012 12:11, Lucke-Zone said

@ OLDMANSOUL - There will be a nine-digit number on your ENTRY SLIP. When the Bonus Bucks drawings are held, five winning numbers will be drawn at random - one for the $50,000 prize, one for the $5,000 prize, and three for the $1,000 prizes. If the nine-digit number on your ENTRY SLIP matches one of the winning numbers drawn at random, you win a prize

On 8/28/2012 12:12, Lucke-Zone said

@ VIVAIN - In order to be eligible to claim a Bonus Bucks prize, you need to save the ENTRY SLIP that is automatically printed up when you buy $5 in Cash 5 tickets. Take a closer look at the blog for all the details, or call the player hotline at (877) 962-7529

On 8/28/2012 12:12, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER - All the details for how the promotion works are in the blog on this page. If you still have questions, please call the player hotline at (877) 962-7529

On 8/28/2012 09:00, Kirti said

789

On 8/28/2012 10:33, coot brock said

Great promo. love it!!!!

On 8/29/2012 02:37, RoseHinton said

I play every day,so BRING IT ON!

On 8/29/2012 05:09, bayt777 said

Do you need to instruct operator of terminal to put your QP(5 sets) of numbers on a single ticket or fill out play slip to get entry ticket?

On 8/29/2012 10:23, wickedwanda777 said

read them everyday u can count on one hand how many winners come from small towns like casar polkville lawndale even shelby. I rest my case.

On 8/29/2012 01:48, Lucke-Zone said

@ WICKEDWANDA777 - More than 9 million people live in North Carolina. Anyone who is 18 or older and buys a lottery ticket has the same chance of winning no matter where they live or play.

On 8/29/2012 04:32, ncbloggy said

Bring it on!!

On 8/29/2012 04:53, eduardo21 said

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE,SPECIALLY ME...GOD BLESS U ALL.

On 8/29/2012 04:55, Lucke-Zone said

@ BAYT777 - The lottery has provided information and training resources to all retailers about the Bonus Bucks promotion. With that said, to protect yourself as a consumer, it is a good idea to do as you suggest and be clear when you ask the clerk for your ticket and say that you would like five sets of numbers on one ticket. By filling out a play slip, you have even more control over the transaction. Please let us know if you run into any issues and thanks for asking!

On 8/30/2012 09:10, steveh said

like it

On 8/30/2012 09:38, Player said

I absolutely love this new promotion and can't wait for it start. I also like to suggest that north Carolina have two cash 5 daily drawings like other states. This could be a wonderful thing. More people would play cash 5 than ever and your chances of winning are more exciting. Now who's with me......

On 8/30/2012 09:55, Player said

Good new promotion :) my suggestion is a cah five 5 drawing twice daily.

On 8/30/2012 10:32, Player said

I want to win very much I need big money to pay bill

On 8/30/2012 12:05, jcc409 said

Good suggestion from lucke-zone - fill out a ticket and you cant go wrong- or if you always buy at the same place develop a "lottery language" such as "punch me in the head" means I'll buy a $3 powerball QP

On 8/30/2012 03:23, gorams15 said

Well, I missed out on my numbers, 258 and 2585, I was very sad, maybe my others will come out. I want the odds be for me and those who hardly ever win.

On 8/31/2012 12:55, GrannyMallard said

I am looking forward to this new promotion. Even though I live in one of the smallest areas, I am still hopeful to get that winning number.

On 8/31/2012 02:25, queda2003 said

@ WICKEDWANDA777 you are so right

On 9/01/2012 06:56, 1rock2king said

I hope this will make my day! I play cash5 everyday. especially when it's high right now. Wife lost her job, will have to slow down playing. At least I will have a chance to win after spending 5 dollars a day on cash5 tickets. Good luck to all, and me too!

On 9/01/2012 10:40, hippy said

If I purchase a ticket on Sept 9 and it it a non winner in the first drawing is it still good for the remaining drawings?

On 9/01/2012 01:45, gary13136 said

Cash 5 is the only one I usually play. Your chances of being struck by lightning are far better than winning either of the "big" lotteries. A simple statistical fact. One of the earlier posters mentioned words to the effect that most of the big wins go to the areas outside the mountains; especially around the bigger cities. Again its statistics working against you. I don't know what the statistics are on wins outside the mountains, but I'm sure it's far higher than the wins in the mountains. Again, the great majority of North Carolinians live outside the mountains, so the odds are obviously favoring the non-mountaineers. The only real option (which would never happen) is to have a lottery for each county.So we just have to deal with what we've got.

On 9/02/2012 06:55, davidkeith said

The state sure can bleed the last penny out of it's players. Way to go NC.

On 9/03/2012 02:35, RoseHinton said

Waiting patiencely

On 9/04/2012 11:23, Lucke-Zone said

@ DAVIDKEITH - Its an option for Cash 5 players who want an extra chance to win at no additional cost. Otherwise a player can play the same way they always have :-)

On 9/04/2012 11:27, Lucke-Zone said

@ GARY13136 - As you point out, one of the great things about Cash 5 is that the odds of winning the jackpot are much better than playing Mega Millions or Powerball. However, "lightning has struck" five times for North Carolina players who've won multimillion dollar jackpots playing those games, too! :-)

On 9/04/2012 11:37, Lucke-Zone said

@ HIPPY - No, your Bonus Bucks entry slips are only valid for the next drawing that is scheduled.

On 9/04/2012 09:03, Don said

glad to see this.IaM IN NEED FOR A SECOND CHANCE.

On 9/05/2012 07:24, DBOYS2014 said

any chance for a keno type game

On 9/05/2012 09:31, Lucke-Zone said

@ SANDON - The topic of Keno has been discussed. But there are no plans at this time to bring a Keno game to North Carolina.

On 9/07/2012 08:39, gctharin said

So what happens if a winner doesn't come forward after a bonus bucks drawing. Its possible that some people may not even be aware of what its for or some people may lose there slips?

On 9/07/2012 09:48, Lucke-Zone said

@ GCTHARIN - Good question. That's why we're telling everyone about the promotion and stressing how important it is to keep the entry slip! :-)

On 9/08/2012 10:26, 232232 said

i've seen a few people say they wish our cash 5 had 2 drawing a day like other states....probably 1 thing they dont know is most states that ive seen that have 2 draws per day only have a SET AMOUNT that you can win all the TIME .....its not a rolling jackpot like NC'S....I think people like the big jackpots that our cash 5 offers....VA offers you 3 ways to play cash 5 but its same amount all the time tho with less numbers in it then ours........the only thing i would like to see changed on our cash 5 is take about 3 numbers out of the number picks.....AND DONT GO UP ON THE PRICE.....think we would have more winners and more people playing also

On 9/08/2012 10:48, harryO said

WOW!!!!! i love this game!

On 9/09/2012 01:14, HappyGoHappy said

Wow!!!! It would be great to win.

On 9/09/2012 04:48, frankhoyle said

im init to win it.

On 9/09/2012 05:18, moneyboss said

Cash Five is my favorite game need more Charlotte winners.

On 9/09/2012 05:46, GSPIRIT said

THIS IS A GREAT IDEA FOR SOMEONE TO HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF WINNING.I'M STILL WAITING FOR MYSELF OR SOMEONE I KNOW TO WIN BIG. THX

On 9/09/2012 09:21, GSPIRIT said

IT WOULD BE A NICE CHRISTMAS GIFT

On 9/10/2012 08:18, 1rock2king said

cash5 leave it along, I like it the way it is. if y'all was going to change it, do like SC, Purchasing the POWER-UP multiplier option increases the price for each play from $1 to $2.POWER-UP multiplier option for the chance to increase their winnings up to five times. The POWER-UP option costs an extra dollar per play.If you purchase the POWER-UP multiplier option and win a prize, the prize will automatically be multiplied by the POWER-UP number drawn.The POWER-UP number is randomly drawn from sixteen balls: eight balls are marked with the number “2”; five are marked with the number “3”; two are marked with the number “4”; and one is marked with the number “5.”Maybe just have the number 2, all the time to mulitiply. Hell! at least it would be double. If y'all ever decide to do anything,think about this.

On 9/10/2012 08:49, Lucke-Zone said

@ 1ROCK2KING - Don't worry, you can continue to play Cash 5 the same way if you don't want to participate in the Bonus Bucks drawings. Thanks for the other suggestions about changes to the game

On 9/10/2012 11:20, Player said

I agree with wickedwanda, there is an excess of winners in the area she spoke of. I have noticed this for a long time.. Especially scratch off tickets which they have more control of distribution.. This bonus cash 5 is a ripoff. They will sell millions of more dollars in tickets and after the time period they will pay crumbs to the citizens of N.C.It may be time for a change at the lottery headquarters.. As long as this group is runnig things most winners will be central N.C. and eastern part of the state where there is a strong democratic base to support them..

On 9/10/2012 07:17, Player said

I bought a single cash five ticket w/ five quick picks sunday afternoon about 3pm and the cashier didn't give me a extra tickets for the bonus bucks why what time did it start .

On 9/11/2012 09:22, Player said

thanks for the second chance

On 9/11/2012 09:49, mowalljr said

@1ROCK2KING,, NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN THE CASH FIVE!! It is a BONUS drawing just for playing. It's like getting a milkshake and after your cup is full, the maker gives you the extra that is left over in the cup they made it in... LOL

On 9/11/2012 09:58, mowalljr said

Some type of training of this needs to be given the store clerks and then reported back to NCEL. Twice I have had to ask for my drawing slip (different person and store) and one had thrown it in the trash!! They had no idea what it was. In something this valuable NCEL should require a response from stores that the operators/employees have been made aware of these promotions. How many people have maybe had one coming to them, they weren't aware of it and the clerk kept it or threw it away???

On 9/12/2012 12:06, Player said

Send some of the luck this way. 28768.Hold up where my tickets. Lol Everyone play responsible. FAQ: can I Use a EBT CARD.:~{)

On 9/12/2012 02:07, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER - Cash or debit are the only forms of payment accepted for lottery tickets in North Carolina. Some stores only accept cash.

On 9/12/2012 02:14, Lucke-Zone said

@ MOWALLJR - Please allow us to respond to your comments one piece at a time. 1) The lottery does provide significant training to retailers, but the stores are not run by the lottery. 2) This is one reason why we communicate directly with players about games and promotions so that you can be sure you are receiving proper treatment at stores that sell lottery tickets. 3) Please call the lottery's player hotline if you do not receive good service at a retailer.

On 9/12/2012 02:16, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (C) - The promotion was in effect all day Sunday. Make sure to ask the cashier for your Bonus Bucks entry slip at the time of purchase, and if it doesn't happen, call the lottery's player hotline right away so that our team can discuss it with you

On 9/12/2012 02:20, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (B) - You should take a closer look at the "News" and "Winner" pages on our website, and compare it to how many people live in different parts of the state. If you do that, you will see that there are many winners from many different parts of the state every week. Lottery practices are reviewed and audited to ensure everyone who plays has the same chance of winning regardless of where they live or play.

On 9/13/2012 11:36, 1rock2king said

Already have three bonus tickets. Maybe I can win the 50,000 from it!

On 9/13/2012 03:44, SLYC said

I have my entry slip but threw a way the losing Cash5 tickets. Am I still eligible to win?

On 9/14/2012 05:44, Player said

where do I enter my second chance number for the carolina cash 5 second chance

On 9/14/2012 09:22, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (CB) - Just keep the entry slip until the Bonus Bucks drawing is held. You don't need to enter it anywhere, you will just check our website to see if the winning numbers drawn in the Bonus Bucks drawing match your entry slip numbers.

On 9/14/2012 09:32, Lucke-Zone said

@ SLYC - You are good to go. You just need the Bonus Bucks entry slip to be eligible to claim a prize if your entry number matches a winning number in the Bonus Bucks drawing. Cash 5 ticket/drawing is completely separate :-)

On 9/21/2012 04:38, Player said

I'm kinda excited. I would love a second chance winnning.

On 9/30/2012 08:59, gary13136 said

Can the tickets be carried over from one drawing to another, or are tickets purchased prior to a drawing invalid after the drawing?

On 10/01/2012 05:00, Lucke-Zone said

@GARY13136 Entries are only good for whichever drawing period the purchase was made in.

On 11/23/2012 07:35, Macmillion said

where do you go to check the winning bonus cash 5 results for the november 14th drawing? can't find it!

On 11/25/2012 06:17, Lucke-Zone said

@ MACMILLION - The page in on our main website. You can get to it by going there and clicking on the graphic that appears on the front page, or by copying and pasting this link into your web browser: http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/cash5_bonus-bucks-drawing.aspx

On 1/14/2013 09:18, Player said

i am so ready for wedn. to come i hope im one of those winners especially the $50,000 winner cause my mom is in real care right now & she needs my help i pray to god that these 9 numbers i have show up on 01\16\2013..

On 1/16/2013 07:30, Player said

i cant wait to check drawing for todays drawing. I would love to take a trip to montana.

On 1/25/2013 08:17, tannerpaws said

On the last cash 5 bonus bucks game I had 221 entries in it. It obviously don't matter how many entrie slips you have in the game.. you still are going to win or loose and more than likely loose. I purchase cash 5 tickets each day, sometimes more than one is how I accumulated that many.. maybe some day...

On 1/25/2013 02:47, rube50 said

rich get richer ,poor get poorer........

On 1/26/2013 07:25, Player said

So I don't have to enter my cash 5 slip number, I just check when the drawing has been done, and if my number matches the winning numbers that was drawn I win.

On 1/27/2013 07:44, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (W1) - That is exactly right!

On 2/07/2013 11:31, redroller said

where can you find the winners of all the lucky rewards winners like the 500.00 and the 25000 list at

On 2/08/2013 08:56, Lucke-Zone said

@ REDROLLER - Click on "LUCKE REWARDS" then "WINNERS" and look in the right-hand column for the "VIEW" link to see winner info for each drawing. Or, copy & paste this link into your web browser and click on the "VIEW" links: https://rewards.lucke-zone.com/drawings

On 3/07/2013 11:12, Player said

what's the use of putting your pick three of four....you can't win with those even if you enter all u bought...its a waste of time...that's not second chance....that's false imfo and misleading...you may as well throw them away.

On 3/08/2013 09:39, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (J77) - Your winning and non-winning tickets for Pick 3 and Pick 4 can absolutely be entered here in the Lucke-Zone for reward points, and those reward points are just as good as any other reward points as far as being able to use them to enter drawings for more chances to win. If you still have questions, give our player customer service line a call: 877-962-7529

On 3/11/2013 02:37, Player said

ONLY IN MY DREAMS AND SOME DREAMS COME TRUE.

On 3/11/2013 02:42, Player said

ONLY IN MY DREAMS AND SOME DREAMS COME TRUE.

On 3/12/2013 03:39, Player said

OmG. And just think.I have threw away all those tickets. Well u live and learn.Its nice to know u have a second chance to win some extra cash.And I could some extra funds.

On 3/12/2013 05:18, Player said

nice

On 3/13/2013 09:24, mchavrz73 said

i love too just win 1 big time god bless as all we need.

On 3/13/2013 11:30, Player said

can't find how to enter lucke-rewards.how ?

On 3/13/2013 01:18, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (M) - Please call our player customer service number toll-free at 877-962-7529

On 3/14/2013 02:17, Player said

If I don't win may it go to someone who could use it as much as me.

On 3/14/2013 08:09, k Mc said

Starting to feel like this is a rip off. How they pick these numbers on down to who really wins. Amazes me how someone else from another state can win our lottery?!

On 3/14/2013 10:19, Lucke-Zone said

@ K MC - Please avoid using that particular four-letter word when posting comments on the blog. Its important that the Lucke-Zone be a place where everyone feels comfortable visiting to get and share information about lottery games. The drawings are totally random. Not sure what you're referring to as far as someone from another state winning "our" lottery - if you mean Powerball or Mega Millions, those games are played in states across the United States, that's how the jackpots are able to reach such huge amounts. Best of luck!

On 3/14/2013 05:24, Player said

i hope i got the winning number.that will b so sweet.

On 3/15/2013 01:53, booty said

If I do quick pick for 5 drawings will I get different numbers for each drawing or will all the numbers be the same for each one?

On 3/18/2013 04:49, Lucke-Zone said

@ BOOTY - If you ask for a Quick Pick ticket for five drawings, you'll get a different set of random numbers for each drawing. Of course, no matter what numbers you play, each combination has the same chance of winning. Best of luck!

On 10/22/2013 01:23, Player said

What site do I need to go to for past bonus bucks drawing.

On 10/23/2013 11:36, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (DRE1951DRE) - If you go to the lottery's main website - http://www.nc-educationlottery.org - and look for the purple Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawing banner on the page. You can see the lucky winning entry #'s on that page.

On 6/20/2014 04:30, Candy said

Good Luck to all I never win picking numbers is not my thing.

On 6/25/2014 01:38, Player said

To claim a prize do I have to have both tickets or just the Entry ticket with the number?Lucke-Zone RepliedTo claim a Bonus Bucks prize, you just need the entry slip :-)

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