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Winners scratch and match for $18.3 million in prizes

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As cooler temperatures settled in across our great state this week, lucky lottery players got that warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with beating the odds.

Of the more than $18.3 million in total prizes won, $14.6 million was awarded to instant scratch-off winners. The biggest prize won – $1 million – belongs to La’Saun McNair of Greensboro. Just five days after being honorably discharged from the Air Force, he bought a $120 Million Cash ticket.

“I had stopped in to play Pick 3 when I thought I’d try my luck,” McNair said as he collected his winnings. “I saw that I had matched the number 10 and it said I had won a million dollars. I sat there looking at the ticket and it just didn’t register. Then I went straight home to tell my mom and my heart started beating so fast, I couldn’t believe it. It was one of the best days of my life.”

Another $120 Million Cash winner this week, Jim Shimburski of Fort Mill, S.C., bought his winning ticket at the Ballantyne Amoco in Charlotte.

“I knew the $120 million game had just come out,” Shimburski recalled. “I said, ‘Let’s give this a shot and see what happens.’” On what turned out to be his lucky ticket – and his lucky day – Shimburski scratched off a “coin” symbol. He learned from the game instructions that meant he had won a prize instantly. But he didn’t know how much.

“You think, ‘Maybe I’ll win $20 or $100,’” Shimburski said. That’s when he scratched and revealed the prize amount: $100,000. “It was just that surreal feeling,” he said. “It was pretty wild.”

As of Friday afternoon, three $3 million top prizes, five $1 million prizes and five $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed in the $120 Million Cash game.

A Beaufort County woman who won $100,000 playing Mega Bucks says she will use her prize money to take a trip to Florida and buy a new car for her daughter.

“I haven’t had a vacation in a long time,” said Hilda Martinez of Washington. “I was planning on taking my kids to Florida later this year for a couple of days, but now we’re going to make it a longer trip. And my oldest has been needing a new car, so this comes at a great time. This feels really good.”

The week’s fourth major lottery win belongs to Douglas Humphries, a mechanic from Timberland in Person County. He has played the same set of random numbers in the Carolina Cash 5 game for four years. On Saturday night, they finally hit and he won the $164,233 jackpot. He purchased his lucky ticket at the Mayo Marina Mart on Virgilina Road in Roxboro.

In all, draw game players won more than $3.7 million in prizes this week.

Until next time, we hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. See you soon here in the Lucke-Zone.

30 Comments

On 10/25/2013 06:24, shaking said

never in greenville nc that for real

On 10/25/2013 06:36, Player said

wow one day one day congrads

On 10/25/2013 06:51, Player said

congrads don't forget to pay 10% of total winnings for tithe and offerings.

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

What can I do to win

On 10/26/2013 01:07, Player said

I am from Person county; I hope to be successful some where in the lottery. I am a player of the games; pick 3; 4,and the big tickets, and a lot of scratch offs.

On 10/26/2013 03:56, cesoles4 said

I'm next

On 10/26/2013 03:59, Player said

This has been an Amazing week! I am so glad that NC has a Lottery! I can remember having to drive out of state to buy Powerball Tickets :) Love The NCEL!!!!!!

On 10/26/2013 08:21, Player said

OH!What a feeling.Can't wait to feel that feeling.Congrats to all the winners.

On 10/26/2013 09:10, Player said

Good luck everyone.I will hit big soon"''

On 10/27/2013 12:22, heavm7 said

why do I not have a chance to enter 2/nd chance tickets!!!!!!!!!! ??????????

On 10/27/2013 12:39, Southern said

Congrats everyone!! I feel my "Breakthrough" coming..;-)

On 10/27/2013 12:10, Player said

Way to go winners. I'm keeping hope alive

On 10/27/2013 01:08, Blessed said

Something strange is going on. I have entered at least 2 or 3 powerball tickets elgible($10,10/9) and have only 1 entry for the drawing. Also 1 ticket was $104 and only rec'd 100 points and no entry.

On 10/27/2013 02:35, Player said

Congratulations everyone. Maybe someday it will be me too.

On 10/27/2013 03:49, Gripp said

Congrats to all, especially the Air Force retiree. Nice timing and reward for your service!

On 10/27/2013 04:27, ashar said

just won 100$ after trying three 120m jackpot tickets, luck is just around the corner:D

On 10/27/2013 09:58, Kathy said

I won 2000 a few years ago and hope to win more soon.

On 10/27/2013 10:18, Player said

Congrats all the winners my turn will soon come

On 10/27/2013 10:22, Player said

congrats to the lucky winners! I really need a breakthrough, all I can ever win, if I'm lucky is $5.00 or $15.00. I'm right at the point of never ever buying another ticket because I've never hit it big :(

On 10/27/2013 11:46, Red said

hello NCEL... has the cash 5 ball set been changed, (in the past month or 2) ? im not matching the numbers like I use too.

On 10/28/2013 03:23, Player said

A couple more dues and Im sure I will screaming too.

On 10/28/2013 12:07, Lucke-Zone said

@ RED - Different ball sets are randomly selected before each random drawing. It's all a matter of random luck which numbers are drawn.

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

@ BLESSED - Please give our technical customer service folks a call at 1-800-201-0108 to describe what you're experiencing with the Powerball tickets.

On 10/28/2013 12:13, Lucke-Zone said

@ HEAVM7 - Just as we said to BLESSED above, please call technical customer service for assistance with your ticket entry.

On 10/28/2013 12:13, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (SYPRISS) - Thanks for the kind words in your comment!

On 10/28/2013 12:14, Lucke-Zone said

@ SHAKING - Here is a link you can copy & paste into your browser for more information about winners from Greenville and Pitt County. Where a winning lottery ticket is sold is a matter of random luck. Nobody has an advantage or disadvantage when it comes to winning a lottery prize. http://bit.ly/192w2QU

On 10/28/2013 01:37, turbo said

I'm not from around here. What does "congrads don't forget to pay 10% of total winnings for tithe and offerings" mean ?

On 10/28/2013 01:54, Lucke-Zone said

@ TURBO - The other Lucke-Zone member is referring to a tradition some people have of donating a percentage of their income to the religious following they belong to.

On 10/28/2013 04:08, turbo said

thanx for the reply. Kinda what I thought, I just don't know what "tithe" means or stands for.

On 10/28/2013 04:18, Lucke-Zone said

@ TURBO - Google it, good buddy! ;-)

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