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Western N.C. players win big Mega Millions prizes

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Two lucky players from Western North Carolina won big in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing. Both winners collected their prize money on Wednesday at the lottery's regional office in Asheville.

Bruce Gibson of Mars Hill in Madison County matched four white balls and the Mega Ball to win $10,000. He purchased his ticket at the Market Center Express on Stockton Road in Weaverville. Gibson said he was happy when he realized his $1 Quick Pick ticket won the prize.

William Eldreth of Candler in Buncombe County matched four white balls and the Mega Ball as well, but he chose his own numbers. Because Eldreth bought a $2 Megaplier ticket and the Megaplier was four, his ticket won $40,000. Eldreth said he felt blessed to win the prize. He purchased his winning ticket at the Sandhill Grocery on Sandhill Road in Asheville.

The Mega Millions jackpot is one of three that North Carolina players have the chance to win this weekend. Heading into Thursday's drawing, the Carolina Cash 5 jackpot had rolled to $157,000 and could grow larger for upcoming drawings. The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday's drawing stands at an estimated $70 million if taken as an annuity, or $52.2 million as a lump sum. Saturday's Powerball jackpot is even larger at an estimated $100 million if taken as an annuity, or $63.5 million as a lump sum.

As always we wish all our North Carolina players the best of luck!

7 Comments

On 1/17/2013 07:08, joann said

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE WINNERS FOR THE SECOND CHANCE STRACH OFF TICKETS,WHY HAVE THEY NOT BEEN POSTED FOR PEOPLE TO SEE WHO THEY ARE.

On 1/18/2013 09:18, Lucke-Zone said

@ JOANN - There's always going to be time between when the Lucke Rewards drawings are held, and when winners' names are announced. First a winner must respond to notification attempts made by the lottery: First by e-mail; if that isn't successful, telephone; if that isn't successful, certified mail. Then once the winner has been notified, he or she has to complete the claim process. This will usually take at least several days.

On 1/18/2013 01:08, earl2212 said

any more new games on the way! can't win with the games you have now.i have more non winning tickets then anybody else in the state.i kept a fraction of the tickets that i bought last year and had over three thousand non-winners. this year i am keeping a log on what i buy and how much i win or lose. interested?

On 1/21/2013 12:12, Playerjoann said

THANK YOU

On 1/21/2013 12:15, Playerjoann said

HI I WAS WONDERING WHEN THEY WILL DRAW FOR THE SECOND CHANCE FOR THE HOLIDAY MILLIONS? IM SO EXCITED ABOUT IT CANT WAIT:) GOOD LUCK ALL

On 1/22/2013 09:41, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYERJOANN - We are glad to hear you're excited about the Holiday Millions second chance drawing! No date has been set or announced yet. But as soon as that happens we'll let Lucke Zone members know! Thanks for your question

On 1/22/2013 09:43, Lucke-Zone said

@ EARL2212 - New instant games come out every three weeks or so. Remember, its important to play lottery games for fun with money you have set aside for entertainment. When you do play, we wish you the best of luck!

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