RALEIGH – Hit $500!, one of three new games launching Tuesday, foregoes the instant game trend of offering 10 or fewer large top prizes, instead giving players the chance to win one of more than 2,700 top prizes of $500.
The $5 game has more than $14 million in total prizes and players can win up to 15 times on one ticket. To win a prize, players match any of 15 numbers to one of four winning numbers. Players who reveal a “Moneybag” symbol win $500 instantly. Revealing an “$$” symbol wins double the prize shown. Approximate overall odds of winning including breakeven prizes are 1 in 3.98.
Cherry Twist is a $2 game featuring four top prizes of $25,000 and more than $5.3 million in total prizes. Players win prizes by matching three identical symbols in a horizontal row. Revealing two identical symbols and a “Cherry” symbol wins double the corresponding prize. More than 69,000 prizes between $20 and $100 can be won in the game. Approximate overall odds of winning including breakeven prizes are 1 in 4.61.
Platinum VIP, the newest $1 game, features eight top prizes of $8,000 and more than 1.1 million winning tickets. Each ticket has three “games” that can be scratched off. Matching two like numbers in a game wins the prize shown instantly. Revealing a “VIP” symbol wins $20 instantly. Approximate overall odds of winning including breakeven prizes are 1 in 4.96.
For more information about these new games, visit the NCEL’s website at www.nc-educationlottery.org.