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'Nothing But Zeroes' Produces a Record Lottery Payout

North Carolina reports 2,000 winners
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 23, 2019 11:58 AM CDT
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A payout for Pick 4 winners tops the 2012 payout for 1-1-1-1,   (Getty/Hennadii Havrylko)

(Newser) – Turns out that zero can be a lucky number. North Carolina's state lottery Saturday said it set a record payout after the winning numbers in a Pick 4 game came back "0-0-0-0." The lottery said about 1,000 tickets at $1 were sold and will pay out at $5,000, the AP reports. Another 1,000 tickets were sold for 50 cents, and they will pay out at $2,500. Lottery officials said winners should expect "extended waiting times" when picking up their prizes. The state said the total payout is $7.8 million. The previous record was $7.5 million in 2012, when the winning Pick 4 numbers were "1-1-1-1." (Read more lottery stories.)

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