‘Lifetime’ prize largest of five awarded this week

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From $1 million to $1,000 a Week for Life!, N.C. Education Lottery players won more than $20.5 million in total prizes this week.

A nurse from Monroe named Loretha Johnson is one of those special lottery winners who shares amazing plans for the prize money. After winning the top prize playing the $1,000 a Week for Life! game, she plans to use some of her winnings to share with patients she cares for. “I have a lot of patients that have never known what it feels like to be pampered,” Johnson said. “I’m going to get them manicures and pedicures and get their hair done by a professional. I’m very happy that I’m going to be able to do this for them because they are so deserving.”

In another small town less than 20 miles away, a Mint Hill man won $1 million instantly playing the Ruby Red 7's game. “I’m a very rare ticket buyer,” Michael Powe explained. “I’m conservative. I had $10 left over after I filled up the gas tank.” His plans for the prize money included giving to worthy causes and traveling to go on a hunting expedition in Alaska or somewhere in Africa.

Clear across the state from Johnson and Powe, a pair of Duplin County stores just 16 miles apart sold jackpot-winning tickets for the Feb. 7 Carolina Cash 5 drawing. The winners, Jo Ann Jarman of Wallace and Larry Barksdale of Faison, split the $422,282 jackpot to win $211,141 each.

“There’s nothing you can do to prepare yourself for that moment when you realize you’ve won big.” That's what Harold Edwards of Lincolnton had to say after winning $150,000 instantly playing the 10X the Money game. As of Friday afternoon, three top prizes of $150,000 and many other prizes remain unclaimed in the game.

More lucky players won big prizes playing the lottery this week. Some of them are:

  • Lin Dickens of Scotland Neck, who won $40,000 playing Powerball
  • Jean Castle of Hertford, who won $85,377 playing Carolina Cash 5
  • Patti Cooke of Polkville, who won $10,000 playing 20X the Money
  • Nancy Counts of Wilmington, who won $10,000 playing $200,000 a Year for Life
  • Joe Cross of High Point, who won $10,000 playing $200,000 a Year for Life
  • Angela Dye of Lowell, who won $10,000 playing Holiday Millions
  • Clifton Gibson of Roanoke Rapids, who won $10,000 playing Jumbo Bucks

As always, thanks for playing and thanks for spending time with us here in the Lucke-Zone. We wish everyone luck and hope you have a great weekend.


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On 2/25/2013 01:29, mowalljr said

I understand for a lottery to work it has to use the money it takes in from the sales to pay the prizes and also make the money for the schools as well as the cost to run the lottery. The Lottery does not just have tons of money lying around waiting to be distributed and is not a philanthropic organization with money to just give away. The odds are set so the lottery can stay functional. If the prizes (outgo) exceeded the income, it would go broke and then NO more lottery. Anyone who has tried to buy a 4444 ticket on the same day as the drawing you will get a message about exceeding the wager limit. It means if they sold you a ticket they would have to pay out more than they took in for that game. The odds set by the number of scratch tickets made versus the winners in there is the same thing.

On 2/23/2013 10:08, Sandy said

i've never seen prizes go as fast as the 4,000,000 scratch off are going Which is a GOOD thing the odds are a little lower i guess! all the scratch off especialy the 10 and 20 dollar ones need a lower odds ! maybe people will have a better chance ! Hope So !

On 2/21/2013 09:17, Lucke-Zone said

@ NEFERTITTI - Our Orange County players have the same chance to win as anybody else.. we wish you the best of luck, and thanks for leaving your nice comment about this winner!

On 2/21/2013 08:51, Nefertitti said

Im so happy that Ms.Loretha Won!!! very deserving fate knew her heart which is why she was placed to buy n win!! .... on a another note how they dont put more winning tickets in orange county!!????? we have faithful players here ????? come lottery dont just milk us

On 2/21/2013 07:14, gorams15 said

Wish any of my numbers would come out exact to win, its just not getting there. Playing 3 years and donated more than I have won. I sure would like to get some of that lost back.

On 2/20/2013 06:51, IXGentileJewXI said

Wish my Carolina Cash 5 numbers would hit.

On 2/20/2013 11:07, turbo said

WOW the new $20 ticket has only been out for a week now. And one each of the top 4 prizes have already been won ! Those are 4 very lucky and happy people ! I have been buying alot. I either win zip or $100. So I'm about at break even. Same thing with many of my coworkers.

On 2/18/2013 08:51, baddcatt326 said

I live down east,haven't heard of any big winners.

On 2/18/2013 12:27, Player said

i'm looking forward to joining y'll here on this site.

On 2/18/2013 08:57, Lucke-Zone said

@ RUBE50 - We have winners from all over the state, but where good luck will show up week to week is a matter of chance. Which county do you live in?

On 2/18/2013 08:56, Lucke-Zone said

@ WINCUP12 - Copy and paste this shortened link into your web browser for many stories about Charlotte-area winners:

On 2/18/2013 08:51, Lucke-Zone said

@ TASORRELL - We get your question often about Lucke Rewards winners being announced. We make the announcement as soon as its possible to do so, but we are relying on winners to respond to notifications and complete the claim process before that can happen. The first way contact is attempted is by e-mail.

On 2/17/2013 07:01, Player said


On 2/17/2013 03:32, Tinker said

Really impressed with Loretha Johnson and her care for others.She has a big heart for people other than herself.May God always be with her and her desire to care for others.

On 2/17/2013 02:39, 1rock2king said

You know if I could only be lucky or blessed, which ever the reason I would win, I would have already won the top by now. I walked in a store just about an hour ago, bought a 4.00 dollar cash5 and a one dollar ticket, 3 x the payout, that's all I bought! Came home and scratched it, to my surprise it was a one hundred dollar win. A one dollar ticket!! Now why can't I be lucky or blessed enough to win the top prize one's.

On 2/17/2013 10:38, tasorrell said

with Lucke-Rewards why does it take soooo long for you guys to post winners? like the wed 5- 500 drawing -Why not at least post winning numbers so we can at least look and see if we have won. Are winners at least notified in their message inbox in Lucke zone?? if not maybe that would be a good idea

On 2/17/2013 12:10, verlajay said

why can I not ever win.....would be nice to win

On 2/16/2013 10:15, wincup12 said

why we dont see big winners in charlotte nc , i play all the time , 20.00 tickets most won 1000.00

On 2/16/2013 09:57, rube50 said

yea keep giving the money down east. we mountain people appreciate it.

On 2/16/2013 07:00, tgame said

I tell you...I must be crazy but Starr Hill is one lucky winner who seems to win pretty regularly??

On 2/15/2013 11:13, Player said

God Bless everyone on there win.

On 2/15/2013 10:26, Player said


On 2/15/2013 07:27, Ojay said


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