North Carolina's 6,000-plus lottery retailers will now get more than publicity when someone wins a big jackpot at their stores -- they'll get cash, too.
The North Carolina Education Lottery Commission agreed Wednesday on financial incentives for retailer outlets that sell winning tickets for the Carolina Cash 5 numbers game and a pair of multistate games.
A retailer who sells the winning Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot ticket would receive $50,000.
Lottery executive director Tom Shaheen said store owners have wanted such incentives for a long time. He hopes they will encourage the retailers to sell more tickets.
The General Assembly agreed this year to permit retailer incentives. Retailers already get a 7 percent commission on tickets they sell.