North Carolina State Lotteries Laws
State lotteries are state-run games of chance that often include both scratch-off tickets and drawings, typically for cash prizes. North Carolina state lottery laws specifically earmark 28 percent of all lottery revenues for state education initiatives, primarily kindergarten through third grade, with more than half of the revenue going to prizes. Additionally, lottery winnings in North Carolina are subject to garnishment for payment of past due child support.
Learn about North Carolina's state lottery laws in the following chart. See Details on State Lottery Laws for more information.
|Code Section||North Carolina State Lottery Act §18C-101, et seq.|
|Distribution of Lottery Revenue||Prizes: 61%, state education initiatives: 28%, retailer commissions and incentives: 7%, administrative expenses: 4%|
|Additional Purpose of Lottery||Education
|Lottery Prize Subject to Garnishment||Yes (child support)|
|Time Limit to Claim Prize/Disposition||Scratch-off tickets: 90 days; draw game tickets: 180 days.|
|Prohibited Related Activities||Sale to minors; resale of tickets|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a North Carolina gaming attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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