It’s Friday afternoon so it must be time for a look at who won the lottery this week in North Carolina. But before we get to that, let’s recap the jackpot picture heading into the holiday weekend.
Chances are you’ve already noticed the Mega Millions jackpot is up to $173 million. The last time the Mega Millions jackpot was this big, our promotions team was at the Greensboro Coliseum for the ACC Tournament.
Carolina Cash 5 players have watched the jackpot roll eight times since Dec. 14 to $535,000 for Friday night’s drawing. Sometimes players tell us they expect winners to be from certain parts of the state; where do you predict the next Cash 5 jackpot winner will be from?
At $125 million, the Powerball jackpot is getting up there as well. It’s been rolling since the first week of November. Our offices are closed Monday and Tuesday, it will probably be Wednesday morning before we can update you about where any big-winning North Carolina tickets were sold. If one of our players hits the jackpot, we’ll probably check back with you sooner!
So, that’s what could be won this weekend. Now, who won big this week?
Heading south for the winter: after winning $1 million, a Durham man says he’ll take a tropical vacation. David Hager won instantly on a Red Hot Millions ticket. “I told my wife we were debt free,” Hager said. “It’s a good feeling. I’m pretty blessed.”
It’s good to share: Mooresville resident Madge Lippy and her friend Alton Laughman of Lancaster, PA shared a $128,895 prize. It was half of the Cash 5 jackpot from the Nov. 26 drawing.
10X the Money: Rocky Mount resident Marvin Pike is the latest player to win $100,000 on a 10X the Money ticket. As of Friday afternoon, looks like there’s still one top prize out there for the game.
Family first: Kenneth Roberts, a warehouse worker from Durham, plans to help renovate his parents’ home and travel after winning the $100,000 top prize in the lottery’s Mega Bucks game.
Our draw game winners: Since last Friday,Pick 3 players won more than $1.7 million, while 17 top prizes of $5,000 drove Pick 4 prizes of more than $715,000. Cash 5 players won more than $318,000 since last week’s update.
Our instant game winners: players have collected more than $12.9 million in instant scratch-off ticket prizes since Dec. 16. Prizes of $10,000 went to players from Boone, Burlington, Raleigh, Snow Hill and Waynesville. A Hamptonville player won $25,000 on a Cash Fireworks ticket while a trio of $30,000 wins went to scratch-off players from Fayetteville, Greensboro and Winston-Salem. A Junior Big Ol’ Bucks prize of $50,000 went to a Raeford player. And the top instant winner of the week belongs to a player from Hamlet who won $70,000 on a Sapphire Blue 7’s ticket.
Congratulations if you read this far. We wish everyone a fun, happy and safe holiday weekend. Best of luck, North Carolina, and see you next week here in the Lucke-Zone.