How long does it take to receive NC Lottery winnings?
Timing is dependent on whether prizes are claimed in person or mailed in, and is subject to vary.
How much will I pay in taxes if I win the NC lottery?
All prizes are subject to Federal and State withholdings. The Federal Tax withholding is 24%. For additional and more specific information, please visit www.irs.gov.
Can I remain anonymous if I win the lottery in North Carolina?
No, the North Carolina Education Lottery considers a winner's name, city/county, and prize amount a matter of public record, unless the winner produces a valid protective order or Address Confidentiality Program authorization card.
About the NC Education Lottery
The North Carolina Education Lottery was established on August 31, 2005 when Governor Mike Easley signed the North Carolina State Lottery Act. Seven months later, sales of scratch-off tickets began, and Powerball was offered to North Carolinians exactly two months after that. By the time the NC Education Lottery was barely a year old, sales had already topped $1 billion. In year three, total sales reached $3 billion and the earnings for education exceeded $1 billion.
Although North Carolina is one of the youngest lottery systems in the United States, it has set record sales for the past 13 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2019, it raised $709.2 million for education and had sales of $2.86 billion.
To learn more about the North Carolina Education Lottery please visit the official website.
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