Sep 8, 2010, 3:50 pm
By Todd Northrop
Triple digits paid off in a big way for North Carolina Pick 3 players in the Monday, Sept. 6 evening drawing.
The 2-2-2 combination resulted in a record-setting prize payout of $2.88 million to more than 11,000 winning tickets.
This record payout is the highest since the Dec. 25, 2009 drawing, which paid out more than $2.28 million to players who chose the 5-5-5 combination.
Monday's drawing was the first time the 2-2-2 combination has been drawn since Pick 3 sales began. Now that 2-2-2 has been drawn, every possibly triple digit combination has occurred.
Carolina Pick 3, which launched in October 2006, is among the most popular games the NCEL offers. It is one of the three online games offered that are available to play only in North Carolina, unlike Powerball and Mega Millions, which are multi-state games. The other online games specific to the NCEL are Carolina Pick 4 and Carolina Cash 5.
Other recent N.C. winners
Carolina Cash 5 paid off nicely for two players over the Labor Day holiday. Someone purchased a Carolina Cash 5 ticket in Raleigh that matched all five white balls in the Sept. 4 drawing and is worth $188,192.
The ticket was purchased at Kroger on Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh.
Also, a ticket sold in Moyock, in Currituck County, matched all five white balls in the Sept. 6 drawing and is worth $53,000. The ticket was purchased at The Border Station on Caratoke Highway in Moyock.
In the Powerball drawing held on Saturday, Sept. 4, a total of 26,662 players won prizes ranging from $3 to $10,000 for a total payout in prizes of $177,568. Because no ticket matched all six balls in the drawing, the jackpot for the Wednesday, Sept. 8 drawing is $62 million if taken as an annuity or $33.8 million as a lump-sum payment.
A total of 10,138 North Carolina players won prizes in the Friday, Sept. 3 Mega Millions drawing, ranging from $2 to $40,000 for a total payout in prizes of $118,529. One Megaplier ticket matched four white balls and the Mega Ball and, due to the multiplier being four, is worth $40,000. The ticket was sold at J. S. Krish on North Wilson Street in Fremont in Wayne County. The jackpot for the Tuesday, Sept. 7 drawing is an estimated $25 million if taken as an annuity or $16.9 million if the lump-sum payment is chosen.
The North Carolina Education Lottery has paid out more than $6.2 million in instant scratch-off ticket prizes since Thursday, Sept. 2. Carolina Pick 3 players have won more than $4.4 million. Carolina Pick 4 players have won more than $339,000 including 21 tickets that won the top prize of $5,000. Carolina Cash 5 players have won more than $382,000.
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