Beaufort retiree reels in $10,000 prize at Seafood Festival

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Each fall, folks head to the N.C. Seafood Festival in Morehead City for the exhibitions, entertainment, and – who could forget – the fresh coastal cuisine. But you might say that, of the thousands who attended this year’s event over the weekend, James Fudesco got the “catch of the day.”

After buying $10 in lottery tickets at our booth, the Beaufort retiree scratched off a $10,000 prize playing the “$2,500 a Week for Life!” game. Fudesco said he was “very, very excited” when he realized he won and plans to use his prize money to have a new roof installed.

We love to meet players at events like the Seafood Festival. It’s one of many cultural or sporting events that the lottery partners with across the state. Take a look at our calendar to find out when we’ll be in your neck of the woods – and remember to stop by and see us while you’re out and about.


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On 6/10/2015 09:51, wanda said

I am happy for all of those winners, one day I will be celebrating at the lottery headquarters with my big winning ticket as well.

On 8/20/2013 10:02, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (ATIK) - Sure, you're welcome to attend the drawing process here at lottery headquarters. Just call our security division to discuss: 888-732-6235

On 8/18/2013 02:27, Player said

Can we watch the drawing process for Lucke-Rewards?

On 6/17/2013 12:22, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (LN) - As you know from entering Lucke-Rewards drawings, you get points in exchange for entering your tickets. Once your ticket gets "converted" into points, the ticket isn't part of the equation anymore. The Lucke-Rewards drawings are conducted using a random number generator that chooses - at random - from all the entries that players make in the drawings. Entering the drawings for a chance to win is fun, but the drawings themselves are kind of boring. The draw staff and security team who conduct the drawings and auditors who observe the drawings insist on it! :-D Good luck!!

On 6/14/2013 07:00, Nick said

I would like to know how the winner is drawn for the 2,500 and the 25,000 drawings on the luckezone. The only thing I have ever read about this on this blog is the computer picks a number, So the computer picks a number from what?? is it a losing ticket number or what number are you talking about??? Give the full details on now the winner is drawn!!

On 10/29/2012 10:28, Lucke-Zone said

@ THEBAP - There is no drawing being held on 10/29... entry begins on 10/29 for the first Winning Wednesdays drawing to be held on Wednesday, 10/31. When you choose to use your points to enter a drawing, the points are "exchanged" for that entry. You have to use new points in order to enter future drawings.

On 10/26/2012 08:08, thebap said

Is the drawing on 10/29/12 for just $2,500 or $25,000 and 3 for $3,000? also if I don't win will I lose all of my entries?

On 10/24/2012 09:25, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (K) - The odds of winning are accurate for the entire game, which includes all the tickets that were printed. If winning a prize on a lottery ticket was as simple as buying 3, 4, or 5 tickets at a time, that's what everyone would do; in fact, it may only take one ticket to have good luck. We hope you will only play if you enjoy playing

On 10/22/2012 11:07, Player said

I understand that there will be more losing tickets than winners, but I bought 10 500 a week for life tickets where the odds of winning are 4:94 how do you not win anything on any of them. I would think for every 5 tickets you would win SOMETHING seriously considering not playing the NC Lottery anymore.

On 10/22/2012 09:27, Lucke-Zone said

@ BARBARA - At this time, the only Lucke Rewards drawing that you can receive entry into is the Lucke Rewards Launch drawing that will be held on Nov. 7 with an entry deadline of 11:59pm on Oct. 31. Entry for the first "Winning Wednesdays" drawing and opens on Oct. 29

On 10/22/2012 09:18, Lucke-Zone said

@ EARL - Lucke Zone members already got 300 "getting started points" just for being registered and checking out Lucke Rewards. The card you're referring to is distributed at marketing events across the state; check out our events page:

On 10/20/2012 10:05, earl2212 said

where do you get the complimentary point card for the 300 hundred extra points? do you have to pay for them?

On 10/19/2012 06:28, barbara said

is all the tickets im entering now for the winning wednedays and the big one on nov 7 ?

On 10/19/2012 03:57, Chinben said

Good luck to all fellow scratchers, one day we'll hit a big one too, just don't quit.

On 10/17/2012 04:34, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (SSM) - It's part of the fun of Lucke Rewards. A non-winning $1 ticket can be worth 1 to 10 points; a $20 ticket can be worth 20 to 200 points! Good luck!

On 10/17/2012 11:22, Player said

I've been entering my non winning tickets since it launched. I've 100 points on some then 5 or 10 why is that?

On 10/15/2012 11:24, Lucke-Zone said

@ JCC409 - Awesome! Glad you had some fun and some good luck too! Thanks for sharing that with us here...

On 10/14/2012 07:27, joanblondell said

you are lucky that ticket just so happen to end up at a booth, i will have to go to alot more festival congratluation

On 10/14/2012 02:13, jcc409 said

Thank You luck-e-zone, I spent $7 on tix at Charlotte races,spun the wheel, got a T-shirt (Cash 5) and won $10 on the scratch ticket. Also got 200 points with the T-shirt!!!

On 10/11/2012 02:44, Lucke-Zone said

@ COOTBROCK - YES! When you enter a Holiday Millions ticket, you automatically receive reward points AND entry into the specific Holiday Millions second-chance drawing for the chance to win $3 million :-)

On 10/11/2012 02:31, Kennethr40 said

that was right on time what a good prize for a good mam .......

On 10/11/2012 12:43, coot brock said

when i enter holiday million ticket for points am i automaticly entered in second chance for 3 million?

On 10/11/2012 07:04, Player said

we had a blast selling tickets!!!!! thanks to everyone for coming out to the seafood festival and thanks to wayne johannessen for allowing Lou Kathy and I to sell the tickets!!!

On 10/10/2012 08:54, Player said

plan to buy my ticket at the bbq and blues,hope its a winner!

On 10/10/2012 06:21, Player said

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Very happy it can go to good use! We had a blast selling lottery tickets and meeting and talking with all the different people!

On 10/10/2012 05:13, scorpionking said

See you in Charlotte NC at the BBQ fest NCEL. Hope you are able to generate another happy winner in the QC during your promotion.

On 10/10/2012 11:02, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER - That's so cool!

On 10/10/2012 06:29, Player said

We sold him that ticket!!!!!!

On 10/09/2012 08:12, etten said

That's GREAT!!!

On 10/09/2012 08:07, Player said

we sold this ticket!

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