Back on March 10, Lucke-Zone members were the first to hear about a new play feature coming to Carolina Cash 5 called EZ Match. Starting Sunday, you can add EZ Match to a Cash 5 play for an additional $1 – and win up to $500 instantly.
In the preview blog, our goal was to give folks an idea of what they could expect when EZ Match begins. But we got a lot of follow-up questions about how EZ Match works, which makes sense because the lottery has never had a play feature quite like it. Some things will make much more sense once players get a chance to fill out a play slip and see what a Cash 5 ticket with EZ Match looks like.
Based on your questions though, we realized that we could have done a better job providing clear and accurate details about how EZ Match works. So, we appreciate the chance to give it another try.
First, play Cash 5 like you usually do by picking your own numbers or Quick Pick. If you fill out a play slip, just check the EZ Match box. You can also just ask a clerk to print a ticket for you with EZ match added.
The fun begins instantly. For each Cash 5 play, five EZ Match numbers are displayed, with possible prize amounts assigned to each number. If any of your EZ Match numbers match any of the numbers on your corresponding Cash 5 play, you instantly win the prize shown – between $2 and $500.
But whereas you win a Cash 5 prize based on the outcome of the nightly drawing, an EZ Match prize is an instant win. The computer determines at random if your EZ Match ticket is a winner. If it is a winner, the computer then randomly determines your prize. EZ Match always gives you a chance to win up to $500.
Just as with a scratch-off ticket, the prizes displayed on an EZ Match ticket will vary. The matching of your EZ Match numbers to your Cash 5 numbers is where the fun and suspense comes as you find out if your ticket is a winner – and, if you’re lucky, the amount of your prize.
The approximate odds of winning the top EZ Match prize of $500 are 1 in 84,000. The approximate overall odds of winning a prize playing EZ Match are 1 in 4.71. To see the odds of winning each of the prizes in the EZ Match game, read the “How To Play” page for EZ Match.
If you win an EZ Match prize you can cash in your winnings immediately at a retail location and an exchange ticket will be printed for that evening’s Cash 5 drawing and for any upcoming drawings still active on the ticket. If you claim an EZ Match prize before the Cash 5 drawing or drawings on your ticket, be sure to ask the retailer for the exchange ticket.
Thanks for reading and giving us the opportunity to tell you more about EZ Match starting Sunday. If you have more questions, check out the Cash 5 FAQ page. Let us know if you give EZ Match a try and good luck to all.