North Carolina Education Lottery was established after Governor Mike Easley signed the North Carolina State Lottery Act and the 2005 Appropriations Act. The North Carolina State Lottery Act created a 9-member commission that was charged with overseeing all aspects of the education lottery. 100% net proceeds of the lottery go directly to benefit the state's education, generating $5.5 billion since its inception. According to the laws, the lottery funds go to pay for school construction, need-based college financial aid, transportation, salaries for non-instructional support staff, transportation, and the pre-kindergarten for at-risk four-year-olds. As per the 2012 revenue distributions, 60% was paid out in prizes, 29% was transferred into the education fund, 7% to the retailers who sold lottery tickets, and 4% to the general lottery expenses.
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To affirm your win, dive into The Lottery Lab and confirm your North Carolina Lottery numbers with us. Lottery prizes up to $599, should be claimed at any authorized North Carolina Lottery retailer, regional centers, or the NCEL Headquarters. Lottery Prizes from $600 to $99,999 should be claimed by visiting the Regional Lottery centers or the NCEL Headquarters. Winning lottery amounts above $100,000 can only be claimed by visiting the NCEL Headquarters taking a prior appointment. North Carolina Lottery winnings of any amount can also be mailed to the official address of the NCEL to claim the winnings. All the claims sent through the mail should fill out a Winner Claim form available on the official website. You need to fill in the back of your winning ticket, complete the Winner Claim Form and mail it to the North Carolina Lottery P.O. Box address along with your signed original winning ticket, and copies of your valid government-issued photo ID and social security card. You can claim your lottery prizes within 180 days from the date of the drawing. It is advised that you take your time, assemble a professional team of tax attorneys, finance managers, accountants, etc before claiming your winnings. Confirm if your state allows you to claim your winnings anonymously.
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