Two prizes of $1 million were awarded to lucky Mega Millions players this week, making them the week's biggest winners. Queenester Newman of Garland claimed the first prize on Tuesday. The Sampson County woman said she'll use her prize to make improvements on her home. On Thursday afternoon, David Whitmore of Henderson in Vance County claimed his $1 million prize. “Today is my birthday and this evening I’m going to a concert with my kids,” he said. “I haven’t told them yet, so I may pick them up in a limo as a surprise.”
A Greensboro man hit the jackpot Monday night. Jimmie Phelps, a retired general manager of an automobile dealership, said his $155,721 in prize money will mean the mortgage gets paid off; he’ll get a Harley-Davidson motorcycle; and his wife’s dream about a trip to Tahiti may finally come true.
Heading into the weekend, Saturday’s Powerball jackpot stands at an estimated $214 million if taken as an annuity or $143 million if taken as a lump sum. It is the largest Powerball jackpot since the Sept. 26 drawing when a player from Iowa won the $202 million jackpot.
The first Carolina Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawing was conducted on Nov. 14, resulting in a $50,000 winning entry sold at the Kangaroo Express on Piney Green Road in Jacksonville. The winning entry number is 100217876. The ticket holder has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize. This was the first of five Bonus Bucks drawings the lottery will hold through next summer. In each drawing, five prizes will be awarded: One $50,000 grand prize, one $5,000 prize, and three $1,000 prizes.
Since Thursday, Nov. 8, players statewide won more than $15.8 million in prizes. More than $3.7 million of that was won by players of our North Carolina draw games Pick 3, Pick 4 and Cash 5. More than $10.6 million went to winners of instant scratch-off games. Some of those big winners are:
- Tony Johnson of Raleigh, who won $50,000 playing Holiday Millions
- Sarah Spencer of Lillington who won $25,000 playing Bah Humbucks
- Terri Cheatham of Windsor who won $10,000 playing $5,000 a Week for Life!
- Paul Evans of Dothean, Alabama who won $10,000 playing Greetings of Gold
- Elvira Mejia of Hickory, who won $10,000 playing $1,000 a Week for Life!
We'll be watching the drawings with you this weekend, and waiting to meet more big winners next week. Best of luck, North Carolina!