First Tuesday brings five new instant games

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First Tuesday is almost upon us, and that can only mean one thing. How about five new instant scratch-off games? And how about one which starts with four $3 million prizes and six $1 million prizes?

Here’s the big one. $120 Million Cash is a $20 game featuring four top prizes of $3 million and six $1 million prizes. The game launches with more than $120 million in total prizes. To win, players match any of 20 numbers to one of eight winning numbers. Players who reveal a “Moneybag” symbol win five times the prize shown. Those who reveal a “Cash Roll” symbol win 10 times the amount shown. Scratching off a “$100” symbol automatically wins the player a $100 prize. 
The new $5 game, Bonus Jackpot, begins with four top prizes of $150,000 and more than $13.6 million in total prizes. Players who reveal a “Moneybag” symbol win double the prize shown. Players can also win $50 instantly by revealing three matching symbols in the “bonus” area.

Do you enjoy the occasional crossword puzzle? Diamond Crossword is a $3 extended-play style game that launches with five $50,000 top prizes and more than $5.9 million in total prizes. To win prizes, players get a set of 18 letters, which they use to match with those found on the crossword puzzle. Two additional letters can be found in the “bonus” area. If a player matches three or more words, they win the corresponding amount found on the prize key. If a completed word contains a “Diamond” symbol, the player wins double the corresponding prize. More than 65,000 total prizes between $20 and $100 can be won in the game.

At the $2 price point, Lucky Loot features five top prizes of $25,000 and more than $5.9 million in total prizes. Players who reveal a “Clover” symbol win triple the prize shown.

Rounding out new games is Fast 5’s. The $1 game begins with 10 top prizes of $5,000 and more than 1.1 million winning tickets. Revealing a “Fast” symbol wins all five of the prizes shown.

So, Lucke-Zone, which of these games strikes your fancy?


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On 1/18/2014 07:22, better said

Nc lottery sucks, seen where somebody from Zebulon won 3 mill on the new 20$$ ticket , this has become so common , ppl from Zebulon always winning big,bought 5 of tht same ticket yest and didn't win jack crap. And y'all claim 76% payout lol what a joke.and I don't want to hear y'all's response , bottom line is ncel sucks. Lucke-Zone Replied Sorry to hear you haven't had a good experience. The lottery is fair to everyone who plays, though, and although you said you don't want a response from us, you're posting in the lottery's player club blog, so we have a responsibility to share the facts. We've had players from many different places win big prizes. Buying more than one ticket gives you more chances to win, but no guarantee. With games of chance, the odds are always more likely that you will not win a prize than that you will win one; that's what makes it possible to win a large prize. If you are not enjoying yourself playing the lottery, maybe it would be best to take a break. Best wishes with everything.

On 11/19/2013 09:44, Lucke-Zone said

@ RAYQ - It sounds like you had a bad experience; would you please call our player customer service folks and explain to them what happened? 877-962-7529

On 11/17/2013 09:10, RayQ said

I REALLY detest the Mistletoe Bingo. Should have suspected something was amiss when the lady behind the counter said to definitely bring the cards back in ... even if i lost because it was so confusing! smh... Those Three $3 Tickets will be my last three Mistletoe Bingo cards I purchase LOL A LOT of work with scant reward :(

On 11/04/2013 11:57, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER202 - For the $120 Million Cash game, there are 30 tickets per pack (000-029). Most retailers sell from the beginning, which tells them how many tickets they've sold in the pack. Retailers can also keep track of their inventory by selling from the end of the pack, which lets them know how many are left in the pack. So it's up to the retailer. If you ever have a specific concern, please feel free to contact NCEL security at 1-888-732-6235

On 10/30/2013 02:48, Player202 said

Hello, how are you? What is the number of tickets on the 120 Million Roll? Is it only 29? Or do the retailers have the options of purchasing half of the roll? I would like to also know, why some stores start the roll backwards.....meaning the numbers descend as opposed to ascend. Is there a rule of thumb to these habits or totally optional?

On 10/13/2013 03:57, Lucke-Zone said

@ joanblondell We work hard and have extensive procedures in place to try and ensure our games are run fairly. We also have security officials who will investigate complaints and issues raised by our players. If you have a specific concern, please feel free to share it with our security team so that they can evaluate the information and do an investigation, if warranted. The number to call is 1-888-732-6235

On 10/11/2013 12:17, joanblondell said

Still mad about scratch off tickets if one more person tells me that they can tell from looking at a card if it is a winning or not I am going to the news she not only told me but I seen her do that time and time again no wonder when you go in some stores they have pulled have the tickets off and say they pulled them by mistake ya right they pulled the big ticket out left small dollar amounts is everything rigged these days, so I played cash 5 last night it's up to about a million played numbers that are hot this month first time for so many 30s in a row some balls must be lighter then others just saying

On 10/08/2013 11:03, Lucke-Zone said

@ FO-C-US - Hey, congrats!!! :-)

On 10/08/2013 10:11, fo-c-us said

I don't usually buy $20 scratch off tickets but Saturday 10/5 I was feeling kinda lucky so I bought a 120 million cash ticket and a bonus bucks $5 scratch and won 200 on the $20 ticket and $50 on the $5 ticket......the 2 best scratch offs I have ever bought!!!!!

On 10/08/2013 08:47, Lucke-Zone said

@ MGRANTMICH1 - When you play games of chance, the odds are always more likely that you will not win than that you will win; that's what makes it possible to have the chance to win big prizes. So if you are OK with that, we hope you'll enjoy playing games of chance for fun knowing that it takes a lot of luck to win.

On 10/07/2013 11:04, Mgrantmich1 said


On 10/07/2013 04:55, Lucke-Zone said

@ CHEYENNE11 - Yes. Every valid entry slip for a particular Bonus Bucks drawing has the same three-digit prefix. The last drawing was the 6th one, the next one is the 7th. Just keep an eye on the deadlines: The next drawing is scheduled for Dec. 4, with an entry deadline of Nov. 20... that means any entry slips issued after 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 20 will have the 800- prefix for the 8th drawing that will be held early next year.

On 10/07/2013 02:44, cheyenne11 said

THAT'S MY POINT! Valid tickets for the next drawing will begin with "700". If your ticket begins with anything other than "700", you can't win. Will all tickets in the state for the next drawing begin with "700"?

On 10/07/2013 12:17, Lucke-Zone said

@ FO-C-US - No, the lottery only withholds the required estimated state and federal taxes on lottery prizes. It would be up to a winner to talk to a tax or financial advisor to figure out whether or not he or she should set aside more or less to cover tax obligation.

On 10/07/2013 12:16, Lucke-Zone said

@ THEBAP - It's possible when you checked the lottery's website on the morning of Oct. 2 that you were looking at the results/winners from the previous Bonus Bucks drawing. The $50,000 prize in the most recent Bonus Bucks drawing was claimed on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 2 - in the afternoon of the same day the drawing was held. We shared the winner's name on our website that afternoon, and shared his story on our website the next morning. Anytime you have a question, you're welcome to call the player customer service team at 877-962-7529

On 10/07/2013 12:09, Lucke-Zone said

@ CHEYENNE11 - Just to clarify what you're saying for everyone else: Bonus Bucks entry slips issued after the entry deadline for the most recent drawing are valid for the next drawing. All of those dates are listed on the Bonus Bucks page on our website.

On 10/07/2013 12:07, Lucke-Zone said

@ TBONE64 - If you have a specific concern like this, please feel free to share them with our security team so that they can evaluate the information: 1-888-732-6235

On 10/07/2013 12:04, Lucke-Zone said

@ BARBARAWALSH - It may be that you need to scratch off more of the ticket area to see the code that you enter here in the Lucke-Zone. If you're still having issues, please call technical customer service at 800-201-0108

On 10/07/2013 12:03, Lucke-Zone said

@ BETTER - You can copy & paste this link for more details on the changes coming to Mega Millions this month:

On 10/06/2013 09:11, bkearney220 said

Ok,It is all luck if you win.It is just the luck is always in the same areas.I agree with you 100%.

On 10/06/2013 09:10, better said

Could somebody tell me when the new setup on the mega millions starts.thanks

On 10/06/2013 07:13, barbarawalsh said

I tried to enter Bonus Jackpot which is supposed top be a game in Lucke zone & the numbers can't be read off the bottom----why???????

On 10/05/2013 09:36, Tbone64 said

i think a store near me is selling tickets out of the middle of the roll i was playing today i bought a 10 dollar scratch off did not win went back in bought another it was not the next in line no one else was even in the parking lot unless the clerk bought one after i did i am sure there are rules againgst that where would i report something like this

On 10/05/2013 03:59, cheyenne11 said

For the Cash 5 Bonus tickets, stop holding on to them unless your tickets start with "700". Check out the list of past winners and notice that the drawings started with "100", the next "200", etc. Mine started with "600" this time, but no luck. The next drawing will start with "700". Playing 5 at a time won't help unless ticket starts with "700" for next drawing.

On 10/05/2013 09:35, thebap said

I want to know What time was the drawing for the cash 5 raffle? Because I checked the site at around 7 am on October 2nd and learned that the $50,000 prize had already been claimed. Maybe the office stays open 24 hours a day and they did the drawing at 12 am but I find that hard to believe.I Sure would like to know what time Pablo Maldonado view the drawing cause something seems fishy to me, and I will be calling the office first thing Monday morning, because I don't like being scammed.

On 10/04/2013 09:36, connie said

I like the 20 dallor tickets I just wish I would win more then 25 dallors on them

On 10/04/2013 12:51, fo-c-us said

@lucke-zone I know the standard tax withheld from winnings is 25% federal and 7% state but will they withhold more if u request it when you claim your prize?

On 10/02/2013 10:20, Player said

Can you send me the winning sample scratch cards from your 'how to play' scratches page? I think that's the only way that I would win something!! LOL!! Love Ya, LUCKE- ZONE!!

On 10/01/2013 08:14, Lucke-Zone said

@ BKEARNEY220 - We've done our best over the last two years to explain that the odds of winning are the same for a player in Raleigh as they are for you in your small town. If you hear that one person in Raleigh happened to win a lottery prize on a particular day, you have to remember that the other 423,000 people in Raleigh did not win a prize that day. That's why if you moved to Raleigh your odds of winning would be no better or worse. It takes luck whether you live in a big place or a small one. If you are comfortable with that, we hope you'll enjoy playing for the same chance to win as everyone else. If this doesn't sound like fun to you, maybe games of chance aren't a good option for you.

On 9/30/2013 09:24, bkearney220 said

Lucky-Zone,I disagree with you about geographic not having anything to do with winners.Go back and look at the locations of winners.You said yourself that the higher populated areas have better chances of having winners.It sounds like you are saying that people in other areas are wasting time and money to play as winners are going to be in the same locations forever because of the # of tickets sold in a area.This should not make a difference if I buy one ticket but it does not work that way.I have been playing from day 1 and all I have ever won is $1.00 and I did win $12.00 once.I live in a small town with no big winners.Raleigh has a lot of winners but most are on the South side.

On 9/30/2013 06:13, fo-c-us said

wow finally a bit of good luck with scratch offs today bought 1- 2$ ticket and 7- 1$ tickets and won 38$ on 6 of the 1$ tickets :-))

On 9/30/2013 03:45, baddcatt326 said

I'll be playing all the tickets,love the crosswords.Bought 2 $10 monopoly tickets Sat. and won $15 on one and $200 on the other.I'm ready 4 Tuesday!

On 9/30/2013 02:22, Lucke-Zone said

@ FO-C-US - For the new $120 Million Cash game that starts tomorrow, the $1 million and $3 million prizes can be claimed as 20-year annuities. Or, the $1 million prize can be claimed as a one-time cash payment of $600,000; the $3 million prize can be claimed as a one-time cash payment of $1.8 million. Good luck!

On 9/30/2013 12:38, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (REDCHEVY) - Honest question: How many times are you going to leave the same comment on the Lucke-Zone blog? We have tried dozens of times to reply to your comments with sincere information about how much luck it takes to win the lottery. There is no geographic advantage when it comes to winning a game of chance. The odds just play out more often in places where more people take a chance to win. But its not any easier or harder to win the lottery based on where you live. If that makes sense, we hope you'll enjoy playing for a chance to win. If not, maybe games of chance aren't the best option for you.

On 9/30/2013 12:32, Lucke-Zone said

@ MAMACATZ - We like it that The Catz likes it.

On 9/30/2013 12:32, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (HOPINGTWIN55) - Not sure what you mean. Any one instant scratch-off ticket could win a prize.

On 9/30/2013 12:28, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (CORKY10032) - Just visit the lottery's main website, and look for the purple "BONUS BUCKS" graphic toward the bottom of the screen. Click on it, and you can review the winning entry numbers for previous drawings. Good luck!

On 9/30/2013 12:27, Lucke-Zone said

@ CHRIS JARVIS - We remember our earlier conversation with you about this topic. You can copy & paste this link into your browser where you can see our responses to your questions/comments:

On 9/30/2013 12:26, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (CHELA) - If you have questions about how to play the lottery, check out the games pages on our main website, or call the player cusotmer service team toll-free at 877-962-7529.

On 9/30/2013 12:25, Lucke-Zone said

@ 9GRAND - Geography plays no role in the odds of winning. We are rooting for our players in every corner of the state. Where a winning ticket shows up is a matter of random chance.

On 9/30/2013 11:36, bevran said

Wouldn't mind sharing a part of jackpot.

On 9/30/2013 11:01, MCOLLINS said

Hopefully A Hubert NC resident can win,

On 9/30/2013 08:16, fo-c-us said

@lucke-zone what is the lump sum payout for the top prize in the 120 million scratch off?

On 9/30/2013 06:22, Player said

I can't wait to buy a new scratch off.

On 9/29/2013 10:08, Player said

Since I have been retired I have made playing the lottery my pass time hobby. The challenge is exciting and fun . RB

On 9/29/2013 10:01, Player said

i like to play the 5 dollars games and i will play this come in teusday you got grate prices on that games

On 9/29/2013 09:01, jenny said

I have been waiting for another 20.00 dollar one to come out. Good luck to all!!!!!

On 9/29/2013 08:15, Player said


On 9/29/2013 07:55, 9grand said

When these new games start please stock the western part of the state with some winning cards. And make sure the smaller cities and towns have an equal chance to win-not just the bigger cities in the eastern part of the state!!

On 9/29/2013 06:48, Player said

i don't know how to play ,please show me how?

On 9/29/2013 01:43, Kitti said

$120 Million Cash. I tend to be somewhat lucky playing games that offer bigger and more prizes.

On 9/29/2013 01:24, Holly said

The first Tuesday of each month finds me excited and anxious to see and play the new scratch offs. Can't wait!!!!!

On 9/29/2013 12:42, Disneymoney said

Well hopefully ncl won't end the game with top prizes still left like they did with the 200k for life. Are you not making enough money that you have to do that? How does that change the overall odds? and why you can do that is just wrong!

On 9/29/2013 11:06, player said

i can't wait until the scratch cards are available to purchase.

On 9/29/2013 10:11, hotwire said

I can see its going to be a LOVELY time as always.

On 9/29/2013 09:09, Player said

I'm happy another way to live the dream. WHAT UP TUESDAY!!!

On 9/29/2013 07:18, Player said

bonus bucks drawings where do i find the numbers?

On 9/29/2013 05:56, Player said

I am anxious to see the prize structure with the $2 and $1 games. I will also try my luck with the $3 and $5 games.

On 9/29/2013 05:16, Player said

sounds great!

On 9/28/2013 10:24, nikki said

The dollar game and the two and three dollar game. I am ready when tuesday come cause I am going to buy me a ticket and hope that it is lucke cause I usually don't play tickets but they seem so interested.

On 9/28/2013 07:41, Player said

I would like to win the scratch game $20 game, for 1million or3million.

On 9/28/2013 07:14, Player said

none not really it is only fair to say you have to at least buy 5.00 worth of $1.00 ticket in order to win possible $1.00 of the winnings its getting hard to win .

On 9/28/2013 07:06, Player said

why you change so often its only one big winner if any luck.

On 9/28/2013 07:00, mamacatz said

I told you once and I'll tell you again. I like the occasional crossword because it's paid me more in prizes than any other game. The catz likes them!

On 9/28/2013 05:18, Player said

$20 game card

On 9/28/2013 04:51, LotteryProject said

Even though that is going to be the best 20.00 game since its first appearance "200 Million Extravaganza" This new game should have 11 wins, on average one in every third roll.

On 9/28/2013 02:34, crablee said

I like 120 million blowout ticket I have been playing twenty$ tickets for the longest an never won but one hundred dollars

On 9/28/2013 02:13, Kneec said

Yeah,I love crossword puzzle games.

On 9/28/2013 12:26, wlinda22 said

I am impressed with all of them

On 9/28/2013 12:04, Player said

Good, another chance to try my luck.RB

On 9/28/2013 11:21, Player said

iam going to be one for the lucky ons that hit it big off this God said name it and clame it and that wat iam doing in my God name amen.....

On 9/28/2013 11:15, shirley said

They all do

On 9/28/2013 09:36, frankhoyle said

the twenty dollar one ,

On 9/28/2013 08:34, Player said

I play the $10 and below scratch offs so the only one that doesn't strike my fancy is the $20 ticket!!

On 9/28/2013 08:26, Player said

good luck going to be one of the lucky ones

On 9/27/2013 11:38, mimi45 said

sounds good maybe a gastonia resident could win for the first time

On 9/27/2013 09:53, IXGentileJewXI said

A set of 18 letters = 6+6+6. ONE IN A MILLION/142 + 112/LUCKE ZONE + 173/UNEMPLOYMENT + 239/THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS = 666.

On 9/27/2013 09:08, Joseph said

Always the $20 tickets.. They offer a chance at "retirement"!

On 9/27/2013 08:45, gun said

Let the games begin!

On 9/27/2013 07:17, jcc409 said

I like bonus jackpot and diamond crossword. Since I keep lottery spending within limits, I will not be purchasing the $20 ticket ( UNLESS I can win 100 bucks on one of the tickets I buy, then I may get some ). My wife says your best bet to win is getting 5 tickets in a row. Does anyone agree with that logic ?

On 9/27/2013 07:02, betty said


On 9/27/2013 06:41, Player said

Wow!Can't wait to play new scratch tickets.

On 9/27/2013 04:59, mamacatz said

I like the looks of them all, especially the "occasional" crossword. The catz has won more money on that game than any other.

On 9/27/2013 04:51, Player said

If the Lottery would go let real people draw the numbers instead of A machine the out come would be lot better. I bet you would have winners in more intead of the same places.

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