This unusual set of Pick 4 lottery numbers triggered the biggest payout in history of $7.8 million


More than 2,000 Carolina Pick 4 players matched 0-0-0-0 in Saturday’s daytime drawing. Today many of the lucky winners stopped by lottery claim centers across the state to claim their winnings. PHOTO: NC Education Lottery/Twitter

A record $7.8 million was paid out by the North Carolina Education Lottery because of the unusual set of numbers drawn.

The Pick 4 numbers came up as 0-0-0-0 in Saturday afternoon’s Carolina Pick 4 drawing, the most ever won in a single drawing in the game.


David Baggett was one of the many visitors to lottery claim centers across North Carolina to pick up their winning checks. PHOTO: NC Education Lottery/Twitter

The $7.8 million in prizes set a new record of prizes won in a single Pick 4 drawing. The previous record Pick 4 win happened on Aug. 11, 2012 when the numbers 1-1-1-1 paid out $7.5 million in prizes.

The drawing produced 2,014 winning tickets that matched all four numbers. The game’s top prize of $5,000 will go to players who hold one of the 1,002 winning $1 tickets purchased for the drawing.


A $2,500 prize will go to players who hold one of the 1,012 winning 50 cent tickets.

The winning numbers, 0-0-0-0, are known as “Quads” among players of the Pick 4 game. Quads are some of the most popular combination of numbers played.

The odds of matching all four numbers in a Pick 4 drawing are 1 in 10,000.


Yesterday winners were spotted lining up outside the NC Education Lottery to collect their share of the biggest payout in history of $7.8million. PHOTO: NC Education Lottery.


The NC Education Lottery say that prizes can be claimed at one of their six regional offices. The offices open at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and close at 5 p.m.

Winners that they have 180 days to claim their prizes. Due to the large number of winners, players should expect extended waiting times to complete their claims if they choose to visit a regional office on Monday and Tuesday.