Danny Williams is one of the 3,000 or so residents of Yadkinville, North Carolina. On a visit to Cutter's Grocery on Speer Bridge Road, he bought a $1 ticket for the $500 a Week for Life! game. When he got home, he scratched it off - and won big.
But it wasn't until after Williams arrived at the lottery's regional claim center in Greensboro that the man from the small town discovered just how big his prize was: $500 a week for life. He made the trip to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to collect his prize money. Williams summarized the experience in three words: "This feels good."
Another instant scratch-off winner, Eunjoo Kim of Matthews in Union County, was also pleasantly surprised to win. “I thought it was a joke at first,” Kim said as she collected the $200,000 prize she won playing Power 7's. “It’s nice and very exciting.”
After Wednesday's Powerball drawing, there is a new $1 million winner out there somewhere. The ticket, which matched all five white balls, was sold at the Harris Teeter on Clemmons Road in Clemmons. The winning white ball numbers were 11-12-24-43-45. Draw game winners have 180 days from the date of a drawing to collect prizes.
Carolina Cash 5 player Dennis Genung of Winston-Salem won $145,306 in the Jan. 19 drawing. His ticket was one of two in the drawing to match all five numbers. The other ticket, also worth $145,306, was sold at the Food Lion on York Road in Charlotte.
Speaking of Cash 5, the grand prize winner of the second Carolina Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawing has collected his $50,000 prize. Paul Tilley of Lexington was issued the winning entry slip when he bought his Cash 5 tickets at the Quik Check on Old U.S. 52 in Welcome.
Of the $11.9 million in prizes awarded to instant scratch-off winners over the past week, here are a few of the biggest winners:
- Bonnie Richardson of Burlington won $27,000 playing Triple Winning 7’s
- Fred Alston of Louisburg won $21,000 playing Blackjack Tripler
- Sandra Carabello of Fayetteville won $20,000 playing Power 7’s
- Walter Swanson of Charlotte won $20,000 playing Power 7’s
- Gonzalo Gomez of Rocky Point won $10,000 playing $2,500 a Week for Life!
Players of Pick 3, Pick 4 and Cash 5 won more than $3.9 million in total prizes, pushing the total won this week by all lottery players to more than $17.3 million.
That about wraps up this week's big winner wrap-up. See y'all next time here in the Lucke-Zone.