Instant scratch-offs, Mega Millions and Cash 5 produce big wins

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Three big winners came through lottery headquarters in Raleigh this week.

Martin Hughes of Fayetteville is the first player to win the $3 million top prize in the $120 Million Cash game. "This is going to change my life," Hughes said. “This is crazy. I feel like a burden has been lifted off of me.”

The $120 Million Cash game continued to be lucky for players across the state. Four players won $10,000 in the game this week, including Ricky Church of Hickory, Charles Jacobs of Rocky Mount, Jeanne Lawson of Jacksonville and Franz Lunsford of Durham.

Amy Rowland of Rowan County claimed her $250,000 Mega Millions prize on Wednesday. The China Grove resident matched all five white balls but not the Mega Ball in the Oct. 8 drawing.

A lucky ticket purchased at Great Stops on Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh beat the odds to give a $114,634 win to Steve Wall of Raleigh.

Instant scratch-off winners from this week include:

Marcia Dwyer of Erwin won $50,000 playing Junior Big Ol’ Bucks.   
Alyssa Ellington of Henderson won $50,000 playing Diamond Crossword.
Vergus Mock of Greensboro won $50,000 playing Jumbo Bucks.
Elduado Norman of Plymouth won $20,000 playing $4,000,000 Gold Bullion.
Nelson Daubenmeyer of Winston-Salem won $15,000 playing Bonus Jackpot.

That's it for this week's wrap-up. Best of luck this weekend, everybody!


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On 12/09/2013 02:55, Lucke-Zone said

@ BETTER - Did you know approximately 10% of the entire population of North Carolina lives in Wake County? So when you hear that somebody there won a lottery prize, keep in mind that many other players who live there did not. It's not easier or harder to win the lottery depending on where you live.

On 12/08/2013 10:23, better said

I see somebody from Zebulon won a mill on holiday cash scratch off , what a surprise , I can't believe that. Just another big winner from wake county . Boy that county wins more than any other county in nc. Look it up .

On 11/04/2013 12:14, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (JPRINCE7) - Yes, the odds were the same, they are always the same and will always be the same: 1 in 1000.

On 11/02/2013 04:14, Player said

so you mean to tell me 946 can come straight twice in the same day in the that order and the odds were the same yea ok one day jrprince will stike for 3,000,000

On 10/28/2013 12:10, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (JPRINCE7) - We've already had this conversation with you on the other blog. The odds of any particular Pick 3 combination being the winning one are 1 in 1000 regardless of past drawing results. The odds never change.

On 10/27/2013 09:42, Player said

Yeah Whats up with the same old numbers coming out on the pick three 112,337,are you guys goin to play all the numbers back from last month

On 10/27/2013 10:50, Player said

I going to win

On 10/26/2013 12:01, Jackee said

I'm praying for everyone to win who's playing. Just keep me in your prayers as well...

On 10/25/2013 09:43, Deep1 said

What is up with these double 1's(as in 711,911,1137) in NC. Are they putting more 1's balls into the machine than other balls? I mean, the 0's seem to be the forgotten balls. I need to look closely during the drawing to make sure all the balls are equally represented. lol

On 10/25/2013 08:35, Lucke-Zone said

@ SANDY - Here are links you can copy & paste for info about recent big winners from Person, Rowan, Catawba, Randolph and Rutherford counties. If you look at a map of North Carolina counties, they're not down east at all .. .. .. .. .. ..

On 10/24/2013 05:43, Sandy said

Most all Winners down East as ALWAYS!

On 10/24/2013 03:55, 1rock2king said

Thanks LZ for the kind words!

On 10/24/2013 09:11, Lucke-Zone said

@ 1R2K - Good deal, we certainly wish you the best of luck... and whether you win the lottery or not, we hope you & your wife make it to the beach for your retirement sunsets.

On 10/24/2013 07:57, 1rock2king said

Hey LZ! No problem, just wanted to make sure it was y'all and not some scam. I have been playing the lottery every since it came to SC. I was in a lottery group at first at work. We went to VA to buy tickets. We each would take turns going. Then it came to SC, then we started having players go to SC. When it came to Nc, of course we started playing here! Now no more group and I play on my own now! I would like to win the lottery so we can live out the rest of our lives, without worries about not having money in the future! My Wife and I would love to retire at the beach. So that's the reason I play the lottery to win. I see that California finally won the jackpot last night! Just what 6 months after joining. Good Luck to all that play's... Have a great w/e...

On 10/23/2013 11:38, Lucke-Zone said

@ BKEARNEY220 - We've tried for years to provide information to you that will help you be comfortable with the fact that it takes a lot of luck to win the lottery no matter where you live or play. It's not easier to win the lottery based on geography. If you're not enjoying yourself playing games of chance, maybe another activity would bring you more happiness. Best wishes to you.

On 10/23/2013 11:34, Lucke-Zone said

@ SHAKING - We've had many winners from the Greenville and Pitt County area, including a Mega Millions jackpot winner. You can copy & paste this link into your browser to review many pages' worth of info about some winners from your area.

On 10/23/2013 11:33, Lucke-Zone said

@ WILDSTAR - All it takes is one entry in a drawing to have a chance to win. The more entries you make, the more chances you have to win. But with games of chance, including Lucke-Rewards drawings, there is never a guarantee of winning. Only a chance to win. Good luck to you.

On 10/23/2013 11:32, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (HERMIE52) - The odds of winning playing a scratch-off game depend on which game it is moreso than what state it's in. You can review and compare the odds for all our instant scratch-off games on our website, or in how-to-play brochures in stores.

On 10/23/2013 10:19, VisualOne said

I have been playing as well without any luck, but haven't spent big bucks as some. I know the Lord haven't forgotten me though. It is in "his time" not ours. Remember though....he is on time. Stay encouraged and pray diligently my friends.

On 10/22/2013 10:59, Player said

I have played the scratch off for years and been unsuccessful. My hats off to the winners. I think one has a better chance of winning the lottery and scratching off winning tickets in South Carolina than North Carolina. We need more winners on both games.

On 10/22/2013 10:33, wildstar said

wouldn`t it be nice to know the winners points were that won with i mean how many points do i gotta get to win something again just wondering

On 10/22/2013 06:53, shaking said


On 10/22/2013 05:33, william said

Congrats,,,,to all the winners. my day is comeing real soon in landis nc,,,!!!!!

On 10/22/2013 04:47, mamacatz said

A little hint from a winner to you people who buy all those tickets in a row. Next time, try playing across the board, that is, play one of each $20 ticket or $10 ticket etc. and just watch your luck change for the better. The catz has won some big prizes using this method. Just don't give it all back when you win. And remember me if you hit really big!

On 10/22/2013 04:30, Lucke-Zone said

Elizabeth - Have you called the Lucke-Zone hotline we posted earlier? If so, can you tell us what feedback you're getting? If not, call 1-800-201-0108.

On 10/22/2013 02:08, elizabeth said

still waiting to be unlocked,so,s I can enter my tickets again..It,s only been 5 days now!!

On 10/22/2013 12:45, bkearney220 said

Lucky-Zone-Where are all these small town located at???????Around the same large winning towns.STOP!!!!!How can you call a game fun when you loose all the time and winners are from the same old areas.MOST people do not play for is a reason behind most players,there is just none behind the winners except vacations.Most of these people just want to see a little peace and contentment before they leave this world.I bet you that most are over 60 years old.Keep this in mind at all times.

On 10/22/2013 11:55, Lucke-Zone said

@1Rock2King - It's a measure to maintain security. We apologize for the inconvenience.

On 10/22/2013 10:28, Lucke-Zone said

@CEM3 - Check out our winner board. Recent big wins have been claimed by players in small towns such as China Grove, Timberlake, Goldsboro, Waco, Newton and Randleman, to name a few.

On 10/22/2013 10:04, Lucke-Zone said

@Player (beetle511) Stay tuned! :-)

On 10/22/2013 10:03, Lucke-Zone said

Just a reminder to everyone that playing the lottery is supposed to be fun. If you find that you're not enjoying it, it may be time to take a break. If you or someone you is having a problem, please call the gambling hotline at (877) 718-5543.

On 10/22/2013 09:33, Player said

Congratulations to all of the winners now lets not spend all in one place be wise with your winnings save some for yourself don't give all away help the needy not the greedy have a beautiful day

On 10/22/2013 08:58, CEM3 said

They need to develop a lottery game/ticket for each zone!!! This way individuals would have a better chance to win in their area instead of seeing Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Charlotte most of the times!!! The little people buy tickets also!!!

On 10/22/2013 08:51, 1rock2king said

Hey LZ! The other day, I got a message when I got on here. It said I needed to change my password. I had that PW every since I joined on here! What's up with that, having to change PW?

On 10/22/2013 04:57, Marannla said

Congrats to the big winners!

On 10/22/2013 02:49, Al said

I would like to win in two years I will have two grand kids in college...

On 10/21/2013 07:55, Player said

i thought the odds of winning were better than they actually are. i have spent a lot of money recently on a variety of tickets and nothing is paying out. the $20 tickets are a joke! spent $200 buying 10 tickets in a row and only won $20 on one ticket. very misleading. wont be wasting my time and money anymore.

On 10/21/2013 07:39, Player said

would be great if some lucky winners like myself can win from the Triad area! I spend alot of time on this website congrats to all the winners, I can't wait to pull up in Raleigh with my winning ticket one day!

On 10/21/2013 07:31, Player said

my wife and i bought 10 20 dollars tickets in a row and won 20$ what a rip, just aint right nothing but a rip off!!!!!

On 10/21/2013 07:02, Player said

Like so many others I'm up to my eye balls with credit card dept. I call myself helping my daughter with my grandchildren but I ended up hurting myself. I know my blessing is coming and will be right on time. God Bless Us All.

On 10/21/2013 05:09, rockalot said

Well what I thought was so great Ronald Brown hit the 2,500 weekly pick on June 5 which is my birthday and the real funny thing is that's my name also Ronald Brown so the other Ronald brown won 2,500 dollars on my Birthday I guess mine is coming one day God willing

On 10/21/2013 03:12, Player said

I would like to win to help my grand kids go to collage I have one in collage now. good luck to everyone !

On 10/21/2013 02:26, marsha said

my day is coming good somebody can win

On 10/21/2013 02:25, Player said

Congratulations!!!!! to all winners it's wonderful

On 10/21/2013 12:12, Player said

Congratulatins to all the winners!

On 10/21/2013 11:28, Player said

Way to go everyone

On 10/21/2013 09:08, 1rock2king said

Congratulations to Mr LUCKY!!!! 3 million dollar win!! whew......Would have like to have been the lucky person to win that! The rest of the winners!! Congratulations to you on your wins!! Hope my day will be soon!

On 10/21/2013 05:57, smwrj said

It's wonderful to see and here how spending a few dollars could one day change someone who is struggling to being finically independent. the odds of a persons winning is very high. but I guess it all boils down to, what faith has for you. so why be bitter because it not you. Just wait your turn, and just smile and look up and say THANKS.

On 10/20/2013 09:39, Player said

I bought a 20.00 scratch off today and I won nothing. 20. down the drain. What a waste.

On 10/20/2013 09:22, cblack said

Can't wait till I'm on this list!!!!

On 10/20/2013 08:24, Willie Lowery said

Never any big winner in Charlotte

On 10/20/2013 06:21, Player said

Have a touch of bad luck,cant be picked for 2nd chance,been putting in numbers for over a year now and wont be able to play the scrach offs like I did. Just become unemployed last week and cant use unemployment checks on gambling,got to feed the family.Was fun while it lasted and will miss the lotto.

On 10/20/2013 05:02, Gripp said

Congrats to all!

On 10/20/2013 02:29, collins said

mine is on the way

On 10/20/2013 01:38, Player said

Wow god is good all the time

On 10/20/2013 10:11, hmragin said

Wow,when will we get a big winner in Gastonia

On 10/20/2013 08:55, kitkat said

Congratulations to everyone that wins!!! I'm still waiting to win! ONEDAY maybe I will. Just gonna keep on playing

On 10/19/2013 10:14, Player said

glad for everybody

On 10/19/2013 08:04, Player said


On 10/19/2013 07:46, Player said

Is there a way to get the numbers automatically sent to my cell phone? That would be really cool.

On 10/19/2013 06:44, terrific said

Happy for each of you!hope my day come sooooon!!

On 10/19/2013 06:13, PrettyPlayerC said

Congrats to all winners!!

On 10/19/2013 04:49, OED said

most all in the eastern part of the state.....hmmmm?

On 10/19/2013 04:29, melba said

Soon Melbrenia Sanders will be a big winner.

On 10/19/2013 04:22, Susan said

Congratulations to all the big winners, and a special super huge CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Hughes of Fayetteville! Way to go!Don't forget local charities like the Moses Mathis Bicycle giveaway and others.

On 10/19/2013 03:40, Terry said

Congrats, Martin, on your big win! Glad you brought it home to Fayetteville!

On 10/19/2013 01:28, Player said

dont forget to pay tithe offering on total winnings

On 10/19/2013 11:47, Player said


On 10/19/2013 10:23, wildstar said

what did i walk under a ledder or something damm

On 10/19/2013 09:37, Player said

Congratulations everyone! My day is soon...

On 10/19/2013 09:35, Player said

Thanks NCEL I got a little worried. I got locked out my second chance account. I called the 800 number and they helped me.The said everyone has to change there password to eight letters and at least one number. Well I'm back in business .Still waiting for the day I check my tablet and you tell me I'm a winner.Congrats to all the winners.My day is coming soon.

On 10/19/2013 04:49, Player said

Good for them; just can't wait to win!

On 10/19/2013 01:59, Player said

yea and once agin the same pick 3 number came twice in the same day

On 10/18/2013 10:41, big said

I have never won since NC started and a play every day. I'm discourage, what am I doing wrong. I won in Va. Mega Millions about 7 yrs. ago $54.00. Help!!!

On 10/18/2013 08:53, Player said

Raleigh seems to have hit a lucky streak this week!

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