North Carolina residents can now play jackpot games while pumping their gas.
A new service being offered by the N.C. Education Lottery allows players to enter in the drawing in one of the jackpot games – Powerball, Mega Million, or Carolina Cash 5 – all from the convenience of their gas pump.
To use this service, customers will swipe a debit card at the pump to get Quick Pick numbers for the next drawing in their jackpot game of choice. A receipt will then print their numbers.
Lottery players can also apply to get a text of their lucky numbers and a text if they are a winner.
Small winnings, up to $599, will be credited directly the debit card used to enter the lottery. The player must pay a $1 transaction fee to Linq3 to cover for the deposit service. Larger winnings, over $599, must be claimed at a lottery office.
Several features ensure purchases are made responsibly. They include:
- Only debit cards can be used in Play At The Pump purchases. Credit cards are not allowed.
- Customers must be 18 years old or older. The service quickly checks the age of the owner of the debit card before a purchase can happen.
- Limits placed on purchases. A customer can spend no more than $70 per debit card per week
The lottery service is optional to lottery retailers. It is currently offered at 120 locations across North Carolina, including all Murphy Express stores.
To learn more about the service and find locations where it is available, go to https://ncelonthego.com/