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Meet the Lucke-Rewards Launch Drawing winners

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Ruby Taylor, an elementary school cafeteria worker from Marshall in Madison County, had her name selected for the $25,000 top prize in the Lucke-Rewards Launch Drawing. Taylor, who said she was “shocked” when she learned of her win, plans to use the prize to pay bills and help give her family a nice Christmas.


Shannon Henry of Wadesboro and George Rickles of Waxhaw each won $3,000 prizes in the drawing. As of Wednesday morning, the third $3,000 winner has not come forward. Winner information can be found on the Lucke-Zone by clicking on the “Lucke-Rewards” tab and then clicking on “Winners” and “View” on the drawing in question.


The Lucke-Rewards program, which launched on Oct. 1, allows players of the N.C. Education Lottery to earn points with non-winning instant tickets to enter weekly and monthly drawings for cash and other prizes.  Tickets for all of the current instant games are eligible for the program. To be eligible to get points and enter drawings, players must be signed up for the Lucke-Zone.


There are lots of prizes to be won in the Lucke-Rewards drawings, including the weekly “Winning Wednesday” drawing which features a $2,500 winner. The first Wednesday drawing was held on Nov. 7. As of Wednesday morning, the winner of the $2,500 prize has not stepped forward.


The next monthly drawing, called “$25,000 Fall into Cash,” gives entrants a chance to win a $25,000 prize on the Dec. 5 drawing. The entry deadline for the drawing is Nov. 30.


Remember, in order to enter drawings, you must first enter your non-winning instant tickets on the Lucke-Rewards site found here.

139 Comments

On 11/14/2012 01:29, brown eyes said

Congratulations to the winners I'll be next

On 11/14/2012 01:45, jman1 said

I'm hoping they call me next. Congrats to all the winners.

On 11/14/2012 02:27, bette said

FUN GAME! HOPE I WIN!

On 11/14/2012 02:39, Max said

Please pick me next

On 11/14/2012 02:50, keanna said

Congrats! I'm NEXT!!

On 11/14/2012 02:52, Little Al said

Just got laid off ,pick me,pick me. congrate to all lucky winners.

On 11/14/2012 03:36, Chinben said

Congrats to all winners, keep on scratching, one day I'll hit a big one too. There was a slogan that says "A winner never quit, a quitter never win." Sounds familiar. Good Luck...

On 11/14/2012 03:41, MJSexymama said

Congratulation guy pay the bills and have a great Christmas, wishing I be next (^_^)

On 11/14/2012 03:41, p717 said

congrats!! enjoy your money and holidays to come!

On 11/14/2012 04:26, Jaytonius said

If number is restricted,,call me again so I can claim $$$$$

On 11/14/2012 04:33, tony said

I'm hoping they will call me too!!

On 11/14/2012 04:38, Player said

Iam Hopping I be next so I can pay some Doctor Bill I am glad for those that got Luck.Congratulations.

On 11/14/2012 04:52, Player said

I CLAIM IN JESUS NAME I WILL BE THE NEXT 25,000 WINNER OR POWERBALL WINNER OR MEGA MILLIONS WINNER WHICH EVER COMES FIRST WILL SUIT ME JUST FINE. CONGRATS TO ALL WHO WON BEFORE ME....

On 11/14/2012 05:09, Player said

Pls email how I can enter my instant tickets. TY robertmeiklejohn@yahoo.com

On 11/14/2012 05:21, Player said

Hey i would like to be called also.

On 11/14/2012 05:27, Doris252 said

Congratulations to all the winners,I hope I'AM NEXT

On 11/14/2012 05:34, Duce said

Bless all the winners, I pray more blessings and prosperity upon them! I'm definitely next real soon!

On 11/14/2012 06:19, verlajay said

i am looking forward to a call.....i am happy for the winners

On 11/14/2012 06:20, delores said

Hope iam the next winner.....

On 11/14/2012 06:24, baddcatt326 said

Congrats,I'm next.

On 11/14/2012 06:44, 77777 said

Well someone is Lucky!! Congratulations to the winners. Maybe I'LL be next!!!

On 11/14/2012 06:58, kimberly said

hoping i'll B next!

On 11/14/2012 07:36, pattipoo359 said

Congradulatins to the winners!

On 11/14/2012 07:40, Player said

How do we know if we've actually won email or by phone call and what times do you draw on the drawing dates.

On 11/14/2012 07:43, obxnana6 said

Good going winners hope these prizes help you!

On 11/14/2012 07:56, dorothy m. said

Congratulations! to all you winners, hope it will be me one day.

On 11/14/2012 08:08, blondie54 said

Happy for you...I'm hoping I'll win something sometime..Congrats to you all.

On 11/14/2012 08:13, bridgette33 said

Hope next week its my name. Holidays would be extra special. Congrats otherwse.

On 11/14/2012 08:29, 1rock2king said

Congratulations to the winners! I had purchased 17 of them Bonus Bucks tickets. I know better not to purchase that many next time. When I saw all the places where they was bought at, I knew right then, that none of them was in my hometown.Maybe next time, it will be my turn!

On 11/14/2012 08:59, chris said

They call u?

On 11/14/2012 09:00, Player said

wtg winners..waiting on my turn soon

On 11/14/2012 09:04, cdLLc4115 said

me too

On 11/14/2012 09:35, wallaj said

congrats on the win I knew who ever got it would be lucky hope I am next

On 11/14/2012 10:08, Favor said

I am glad we can entry our nonwinning tickets in a drawing such as this. I am looking forward to becoming a big, big winner. I just had a transplant and could really use the extra finance,

On 11/14/2012 10:09, tasorrell said

Congratulations to the winners

On 11/14/2012 10:21, Ricky rich said

I hope that I'm the next winner so that I might be able to make Christmas nice for some very special people.

On 11/14/2012 10:25, johill04 said

Good luck to all.

On 11/14/2012 10:38, Player said

My turn will come. I will pay off some bills and help some family members. "lets do it"

On 11/14/2012 11:27, simmons28 said

i pray i will win one day.and congrats to all the winners

On 11/14/2012 11:35, Player said

Congraulations to all winners....Hopefully I can one day be a winner,too

On 11/14/2012 11:37, tedhd59 said

IF THE THIRD WINNER DOES NOT STEP FORWARD DOES SOMEONE ELSE GET THE CHANCE TO WIN THAT MONEY? HOW MUCH TIME DOES THE WINNER HAVE TO CLAIM THE MONEY

On 11/14/2012 11:42, Muffy said

Happy for the winners. I'm claiming to be the next big winner!!

On 11/14/2012 11:43, Player said

need 2 pay bills and enjoy life

On 11/14/2012 11:50, d.c. said

yeah it would be a blessing for me too, when they call me next time. congrats to the first winners..

On 11/14/2012 11:50, entertainmentapexnc said

Do people really win

On 11/15/2012 06:45, mchavrz73 said

me2 i hope im the winners thank you .

On 11/15/2012 06:55, Z Player said

Congratulations!

On 11/15/2012 07:32, GrandMom said

We never win in my town, the lottery is only for people who live in or around Raleigh. It's based on dempgraphics, not luck.

On 11/15/2012 07:39, Player said

Congrats to all have or was picked as a winner

On 11/15/2012 07:54, Player said

I want to be the next LUCKEEEEE winner!!

On 11/15/2012 08:47, Danielle said

Congrats to all winners.

On 11/15/2012 08:54, Player said

I sure would like to be a big winner of $25,000. I've been playing everyday since the lottery began and the most I've ever won is $20.

On 11/15/2012 09:18, Rolandlydia said

congrats!

On 11/15/2012 09:24, cowboys said

i'll be waiting for my call!!!!!

On 11/15/2012 09:28, sandy said

happy for all winners lookout I'm next.

On 11/15/2012 01:45, Henry said

Congrats to the winners. I noticed no mentioning of this Wednesday's drawing winner. Have they been selected?

On 11/15/2012 02:09, Elwell said

Would be a very nice Christmas gift for my Family and me. GOOD LUCK TO ME!

On 11/15/2012 03:26, jbooze43 said

Since I've been here in Kinston nc i not seen big winner so that mean my chance r really silm but still hopeing !

On 11/15/2012 03:38, mimi45 said

wow i live in gastonia and there are no winners in gastonia i mean big winners check out the web-site none. we are asking if we are being over looked here in gastonia wsup with that thats the talk of gastonia wow

On 11/15/2012 04:00, eve said

congrats to all, break off a piece an spread the joy.

On 11/15/2012 04:06, Player said

Congrats to all the winners hope I can be next

On 11/15/2012 04:17, Yvette said

Congratulations to all that won , I pray to god I'm next....

On 11/15/2012 04:34, Player said

I hope to be the next winner from Marshall, NC. So glad someone local won!

On 11/15/2012 05:03, Player said

I THOUGHT FOR SURE I WOULD WIN MAYBE NEXT TIME

On 11/15/2012 05:10, Player said

Good Luck to everyone,dont give up,been putting in alot of non-winners this month and last.Lucks got to change-Its all in your luck.

On 11/15/2012 06:06, Gripp said

Congratutlations to all the winners. Spend it wisely.

On 11/15/2012 07:15, kitt said

Congrats to all the winners, i hope to be the next winner.

On 11/15/2012 08:19, Teresa3 said

Congratulations to all the winners!!! I want to thank the NCEL for incorporating an additional opportunity to win, some additional cash. I didn't win last night either but I will soooon, there's enough to go around. Btw, what happens to the money that isn't claimed in the lucke-rewards drawing?

On 11/15/2012 08:19, whatnow said

I paid the tenth now i'm believing it's already done in the name of Jesus now i shell be the leander and not the borrow

On 11/15/2012 08:49, dorothy m. said

congratulation winners!!

On 11/15/2012 08:50, Lucy said

Just lost house in foreclosure and hubby totaled his car. I hope to win big to pay some bills off myself.Congrad to the people that won already.

On 11/15/2012 09:17, Camilla said

There was only one winner for the $2500 drawing held on Wednesday 11-14-12. How hard could it be to post on the site that the winner had been contacted? There is no mention of anything. Last week by Thursday night at least that information was listed. I know you won't put the names until they have collected their winnings, but why the inconsistency? It would be nice if you at least stated the winners had been notified so we would know. Do you contact the winners the day of the drawing or the next day?

On 11/15/2012 10:35, MusicGirl said

Hey....when you gonna call my name??!? Congrats to the winners! I'm next in line;-)

On 11/15/2012 10:46, Player said

Congrats to all the winners.

On 11/15/2012 11:02, hammer98 said

Congrads to the winners so far ,"I'm in to win it",so ready for a nice payday!!TY Lucke Zone!!

On 11/16/2012 12:18, cwhiteheart said

Congrats to the winner . I will win this one day and have my face on the website :)

On 11/16/2012 05:22, Player said

It's a setup am next to win ha.

On 11/16/2012 06:58, Max said

11 16 12 Hope I win next

On 11/16/2012 09:59, Lucke-Zone said

@ CAMILLA - After a drawing, winners are typically contacted by e-mail within 48 hours. If a winner doesn't respond to e-mail within 48 hours, phone contact is attempted. If that doesnt work the lottery sends certified mail. We understand that folks who enter drawings are eager to know the results, but there are a number of steps that must be followed before and after the drawing to ensure fairness and security. Staff from a number of different divisions work together to follow those steps appropriately.

On 11/16/2012 09:59, Henry said

Is there a reason why this weeks' winner of "Winning Wednesday Drawing" has not been announced or posted on the Winners Board?

On 11/16/2012 10:00, Lucke-Zone said

@ TERESA3 - If a prize ultimately goes unclaimed, half of the prize money goes back into the prize pool for future winners and the other half benefits education :-)

On 11/16/2012 10:02, Lucke-Zone said

@ MIMI45 - If you copy & paste this link into your browser, you'll find many story about winners from Gastonia: http://bit.ly/QLY907

On 11/16/2012 10:03, Lucke-Zone said

@ JBOOZE43 - If you copy & paste this link into your browser, you'll find many story about winners from Kinston: http://bit.ly/UIVQfH

On 11/16/2012 10:04, Lucke-Zone said

@ HENRY - Winners of Lucke Rewards drawings are contacted by email typically within 48 hours of the drawing. Winners won't be named until they complete the claims process through one of the lottery's regional claim centers.

On 11/16/2012 10:09, Lucke-Zone said

@ MAYBABY - Our most recent winners of $100,000+ are from the counties of Vance, Guilford, Sampson, Montgomery, Buncombe, Ashe, Pitt, and Union... different parts of the state. Folks from big and small places have the same chance of winning. We wish you the best of luck.

On 11/16/2012 10:12, Lucke-Zone said

@ TEDHD59 - The information you're asking about is available in the "RULES" link at the bottom of the screen here in the Lucke-Zone.

On 11/16/2012 10:14, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (K) - Only exact dates, not exact times, are set for drawings. Please see our other responses about how winners are notified, or refer to the "RULES" link at the bottom of the screen.

On 11/16/2012 10:15, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (ROBERT) - Please call 1-800-201-0108 for information about entering your tickets

On 11/16/2012 10:37, baddcatt326 said

Just answer all the calls.I no i will.restricted or not.Good luck.

On 11/16/2012 10:55, Henry said

I have no desire to be labeled as a complainer by seeking clarification but I also know I run that risk. I am one of those individuals whom enter drawings and are eager to know the results. Often it is not the results but the process of reaching the results which produces a degree of anxiety among players. I understand not naming the winner until the claims process is completed. However, when I read the Winner Board and see you have established a process of alerting game participants that a drawing was conducted and the winner has notified I no longer have player anxiety,GAME OVER. Either I receive an email or I don't, no problem. But at least I know the drawing was conducted and I can move on to the excitement of playing the next game. I humbly request you consider in the future to post on the winner board by COB on the day of the drawing,"DRAWING CONDUCTED".

On 11/16/2012 10:56, FAITH64 said

I hope I win next Wednesday! What a great birthday that would be!

On 11/16/2012 12:54, bigmac50 said

I hope i am the next winner

On 11/16/2012 01:35, Player said

Well was playing $20,went down to $10 and $5 scratch off,lots of bad lot.Still havent gave up,playing $3 and $2 now.Let me WIN once in awhile,state will get it back anyways.LOL I love to scratch. Good luck to ALL.Jim

On 11/16/2012 01:56, Player said

By the way,forgot to mention my kids think Im nuts because I play the lottery,at my age what do they know. Got to play to win.good luck everyone.jimbo ENJOY ALL

On 11/16/2012 02:03, Player said

Maybaby you are so wrong,you dont check out LUCKY-ZONE much,winners everywhere,you got to play to win.And it is luck ,carma helps l LOL

On 11/16/2012 03:41, Player said

Congrats to all the winning. We all must keep trying. I need it bad. I want a new car.

On 11/17/2012 03:01, MissV said

I have a lot of non-winning tickets for pick 3,4 and 5. I wonder in the future will we be able to enter them in the drawings.

On 11/17/2012 09:45, JAN50 said

Congrats to all the winners. Sure hope I'm the next big winner. I play every second chance drawing that offered. I have enter so many tickets and have never won a thing. I know my time will come. I will keep a positve mind and hope one day I will be a big winner. I buy scratch and it seems as tickets don't win as often as they did when the lottery started here in North Carolina.

On 11/19/2012 05:24, Lucke-Zone said

@ MISSV - Stay tuned

On 11/19/2012 05:26, Lucke-Zone said

@ HENRY - Thank you for your considerate comment. We are always listening to the feedback from players here in the Lucke Zone and on the player hotline. We'll do everything we can to communicate with players about games and drawings.

On 11/19/2012 05:42, Player said

Looks like if you win big one time thats it.wow

On 11/20/2012 02:10, Playerjoann said

i just want to live a dream of a day that is stress. no money problems. i would love to win the 3 million second chance drwing. but i think ill have to pray real hard. and god will help me get my teeth fixed. so pic me pleasssssssss

On 11/24/2012 03:05, joe1971 said

I just want to know if you get a email saying congratulations to all pick 4 quad winners in your email . Did you win . What will it say.. ?

On 11/25/2012 07:19, Player said

Not long ago I became homeless due to a rent to own scam. I just got back on my feet to get in a place with my kids and it sure would be nice to get some help with all the debt on me. I have been praying for a lucky ticket to help me and my kids and now I'm hoping to win some of this money to help with bills and Christmas because for the past few years there has been no Christmas... Good Luck to everyone and I pray everyone has a safe and Happy Holiday!

On 11/26/2012 01:36, Lucke-Zone said

@ JOE1971 - The email you're referring to went out to everyone who signed up for certain types of email notifications, not just Pick 4 winners.

On 11/26/2012 07:02, Player said

I check every day(emails) Waiting to win so I can get my colon fixed,just kidding about waiting to win but sure be nice to pay the bills while in hospital. Come on luck,I need you now. GOOD luck everyone,keep smiling.

On 11/28/2012 12:49, FOSH said

The people who are responding to these feedbacks are doing a terrific job! Keep up the great work!!!

On 11/30/2012 12:11, Lucke-Zone said

@ FOSH - Thanks for the kind words :-)

On 12/02/2012 04:19, Texasvirgo said

is the lottery gonna wait till all the top prizes are won on the $20 holiday millions before the 2nd chance drawing is held

On 12/03/2012 09:24, Lucke-Zone said

@ TEXASVIRGO - A date for the Holiday Millions second chance drawing has not been set or announced. That decision is made based on ticket sales, not the number of top prizes awarded.

On 12/04/2012 01:41, tasorrell said

There is a store right down the road from me that has a table set up for Lottery and a large trash can beside the table where people would throw away the non-winning scratch off tickets, well as soon as I learned about the drawings I asked the owner if I could come in daily and collect the tickets, and she asked why and I explained in detail about the drawings and she told me no, (wonder why? yeah right) Well now I believe the owners are keeping the tickets and entering them for themselves,when I went yesterday no tickets in trash, imagine that! they already hit big on tHe cash 5 Looks like they would give someone else a shot

On 12/04/2012 05:09, Lucke-Zone said

@ TASORRELL - When any player buys a lottery ticket, it is that person's responsibility to sign and keep their ticket. Stealing is always wrong, but if a player throws away a lottery ticket, it is truly "finders keepers" - make sure you hang on to yours! :-)

On 12/05/2012 02:52, joe1971 said

You are right about that..TasorrelLL . I buy a lot of ticket and if I see them in the trash can I will get them out.. I have some worker let me get them but I feel funny doing that but I am trying to win.:-)

On 12/06/2012 05:47, Ramona said

In the last 2 weeks I have found a $20 winner and a $10 winner in the trash. I will keep checking the trash cans.

On 12/11/2012 01:03, Sandon said

same here i check trash cans everwhere i go and i have some hot spots

On 12/11/2012 01:26, Sandon said

do you think the green ball drawing will visit the pick 4 someday

On 12/13/2012 07:43, earl2212 said

this is the truth. all i have bought have been non winners. i keep them ALL. i have about 3k in non winning tickets between jan - dec. each time i go to the store i end up with a non winner. and i buy ten 1 dollar 2/10, five 2ds 2/5 sometime none,no three dollars and two five dollars 1/2 most the time none not all at the same time but it seem as if the odds would be better then that so you could a lest get your money back! Please bring the drawings on tv because i don't trust what i can't see. does anybody else get a stack full of tickets and end up with nothing? (oh i mean if you don't live down east(smile)

On 12/14/2012 03:58, Lucke-Zone said

@ EARL2212 - Above all else, its important to play for entertainment.. your past experiences with winning and non-winning tickets don't affect your odds of winning in the present or future. By their very nature, the majority of tickets for a game of chance have to be non-winning tickets, thats how prize money is accumulated to pay to lucky players with winning tickets.

On 12/14/2012 03:59, Lucke-Zone said

@ EARL2212 - P.S. You can watch the lottery drawings on our website

On 12/15/2012 01:33, Sandon said

any raffles or Lucke-Survey Drawings planned in the furture.

On 12/17/2012 12:25, earl2212 said

thanks for your reply! i guess i have personally paid for a couple of lotto winners from my buying the non-winning tickets. rest assure my actions for this year wont happen next year. i wont be buying as many tickets. i have learned my lesson. thank you!

On 12/17/2012 01:56, Lucke-Zone said

@ EARL2212 - Thanks for your comments.. and best of luck! Sometimes it only takes one ticket. So here's to a great 2013 no matter what! :-)

On 12/17/2012 01:57, Lucke-Zone said

@ SANDON - No raffles or survey-related drawings are planned right now.

On 12/17/2012 08:30, joe1971 said

Will I use all my points up. Hope I win the 25,000. To everybody have a happy holidays. And be safe. Love

On 12/18/2012 05:57, joe1971 said

Will I use all my points up. Hope I win . If not good luck to the winner To everyone have a happy holiday and be safe .

On 12/18/2012 10:16, earl2212 said

what are the survey drawings? never heard of them.

On 12/18/2012 04:10, Lucke-Zone said

@ EARL2212 - It was never a regular thing. The idea was that Lucke Zone members had the opportunity to participate in a specific survey during a specific time period, and they'd be entered for the chance to win a prize.

On 12/19/2012 09:37, earl2212 said

still buying non-winning tickets. i continue to pay for somebody else who wins. now i am using my points to pay for somebody else to win in that game as well. will there be a game that has no non-winning tickets? i think that everybody should get the money back that they put into that game. surprise us with the odds of 1/1&1/5 chance on the return.

On 12/19/2012 09:39, earl2212 said

why is it that so many people down east win?

On 12/20/2012 10:09, Lucke-Zone said

@ EARL2212 - There is no such thing as a guarantee of winning when playing games of chance. The reason a person can win $1,000, $100,000, or $1 million playing a lottery game is because most tickets don't win prizes, thereby making it possible to award prizes to players who are lucky enough to win. This is the way it has always worked and will always work.. if that doesn't sound appealing to you, maybe games of chance aren't a good option for you. We wish you the best whatever you decide :-)

On 12/20/2012 10:12, Lucke-Zone said

@ EARL2212 - Everyone has the same chance of winning regardless of where they live or play lottery games. We have winners from all different parts of the state all the time. If your perception is that players down east win more than another part of the state, ask players down east what their perception is; what you're likely to find out is that it takes a lot of luck to win no matter where you live.

On 12/22/2012 10:47, earl2212 said

is there a graph online or can you post one monthly to show what part of the region winning tickets of 1k or more are bought. i know that you have your list that you post each wk. but i think a graph will be just as helpful. happy holidays! lets try something new for 2013 that will give all of us a better view of whats going on.i hope my chances will be better next year. will not be playing as much as i did this year. lost to much money.

On 12/23/2012 10:30, Lucke-Zone said

@ EARL2212 - In the future, our hope is to have our website present more information for players like you who are interested. Scratching and matching can be fun but playing in moderation is something we encourage everyone to do! :-)

On 12/26/2012 02:11, Sandon said

yeah i would also like a map or graph to see where winners are won. and any news on the 2nd chance 3million drawing

On 12/28/2012 02:19, earl2212 said

i have never seen a person buy so many NON- WINNING TICKETS! HAVE YOU!!

On 12/28/2012 08:04, earl2212 said

i can't believe it. i just won 50 dollars on one of the two five dollar tickets that i bought!

On 1/02/2013 11:27, Lucke-Zone said

@ EARL2212 - Hey, congrats!!!

On 1/22/2013 09:19, joe1971 said

I will like to no. If your going to have the $25.000 in February too..

On 5/09/2013 01:29, bobbi_gosnell said

please, let me win the 2,500 winning wednesday drawing or the 25,000 may money! or the springtime tech.

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