NC Lottery Planning $1 Million Raffle; Tickets To Cost $20

A new game coming to the North Carolina Education Lottery. And while it will cost more to play, the payoff will net the winner a million dollars.

The state lottery commission will consider adding the raffle to its lineup at its meeting on Tuesday.

Instead of selling paper tickets from a roll, retailers will sell 500- tousand numbers through the lottery's computer network.

With four grand prizes of a million dollars, a 20-dollar ticket will carry a 1-in-125-thousand chance of winning the top prize. The odds of buying a winning Powerball ticket is 1-in-146 million.

Lottery chief Tom Shaheen suggests the raffle tickets go on sale in May, with the winning numbers drawn on the Fourth of July. The state's haul from the game would include roughly three and a half million dollars for education programs.