North Carolina Lottery Fastest To $1 Billion In Digital Instant Sales

North Carolina has been seeing great success since launching digital instant games in November.

Recently, the state crossed a big milestone with the product.

The North Carolina online lottery reported Wednesday that it surpassed $1 billion in sales from its digital instants.

In the span of seven months (Nov. 15 – early June), NC became the fastest to hit the $1 billion mark for sales of this online option.

Digital instants outperform by over 500% in North Carolina

Through May, the North Carolina Education Lottery had done $943 million in sales from its digital instants. That led to $122.4 million in gross gaming revenue (GGR).

At that point, these instant lottery games accounted for 73% of the iLottery revenue in the state.

Even more impressive is the GGR for digital instants is over 500% above budget at this time in the fiscal year. Through May, the digital instants are $98.8 million ahead of a $23.6 million GGR budget.

Since launching the product, North Carolina has logged 211,000 players.

Mobile lottery apps have been the primary way the games have been played, receiving 68% of the sales.

Progressive jackpots added to gaming library

North Carolina has continued to build on its digital instant game offerings.

It launched its first progressive jackpot game, “Bison Bonanza,” in April. That was followed up by “Wheel of Bonuses” in May.

The two games account for 24% of the digital instants GGR since April.

On May 13, there was a $736,874 win from “Bison Bonanza.” That was the largest win to date yet from a DI product.

More progressive jackpot games are in the works, with one coming in August and another in September.

Instant Win Gaming joins North Carolina Lottery

North Carolina has also recently added Instant Win Gaming (IWG) on April 30 to develop lottery products. It will join NeoPollard Interactive as the gaming producers for the state.

IWG will eventually account for half of the new digital instant game launches. Part of its focus will be on bringing more localized products to the online platform.

One of the big additions IWG will be able to offer North Carolina is a multi-state progressive jackpot game.

Randy Spielman, Deputy Executive Director of Product Development and Digital Gaming for the North Carolina Education Lottery, spoke on the importance of that during Wednesday’s Revenue Generating Committee meeting:

“From a game provider standpoint, they have a multi-state progressive jackpot game that we have plans to join in the second half of next fiscal year. That just gives us something that, when being linked to multiple states, it gives us the potential to have prizing that we otherwise couldn’t support just locally here in North Carolina.”

IWG helped the state release its first omni-channel game that goes across three different platforms. “Skee-Ball” is the first of its kind in the state since the introduction of digital instants.

The title was first released on April 30 in digital instant form. That was followed by a fast play release on May 1. It concluded with a scratch-off debut on May 7.

Promos were made available to send players to each version of the game as they played one form or the other.


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Graphic from the North Carolina Education Lottery

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Drew Ellis

Drew Ellis

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A member of Catena Media since 2020, Drew Ellis is the Lead Writer at PlayiLottery, where he handles coverage of the online and retail lottery industry in the US. He previously spearheaded news content at PlayMichigan, where he covered one of the most prominent online lottery industries in the US — among the many other aspects of Michigan's sprawling iGaming market. You can email him at [email protected].
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