A group of lottery players in North Carolina couldn’t be happier to be a bunch of total zeros.
More than 2,000 players won the Pick 4 lottery in the Tar Heel state on Saturday when they all chose the winning numbers: 0-0-0-0.
About half the 2,014 winners bought $1 tickets and will get $5,000, while the other half got 50-cent tickets and will receive $2,500, lottery officials said.
The total payout, including other winners, will be about $7.8 million, the largest ever for the Pick 4 in the state.
The NC Education Lottery said that picking four of the same number in the game is known to players as choosing “Quads”, and is a popular practice. In 2012 $7.5 million had to be paid out when players picked 1-1-1-1.
The lottery warned players to expect extended wait times to get their money because of the massive number of winners.
The odds of picking the four numbers right are one in 10,000, said the lottery.
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