Three players win $100,000 to $1 million this week

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The biggest win of the week is also the largest Mega Millions win in Henderson County history. Robert Cockrell played a series of family birthdays on his $2 Megaplier ticket for the Jan. 29 drawing. He beat odds of 1 in 3.9 million to match all five white balls and win $1 million. “It really feels great,” Cockrell said. “It couldn’t have come at a better time.”

While Cockrell matched his way to $1 million, a Bladen County woman scratched off a $150,000 prize playing the Hot Streak game. Mary Sinkler of Elizabethtown is the first player to win a top prize playing the game since it began on Jan. 22. “I didn’t believe it,” Sinkler said. “I had to get my daughter to look at it before I thought it was real.”

Christopher Shotwell of Burlington was stunned, too, when the prize shown on his Mega Bucks ticket was $100,000. “I did a double take,” Shotwell said. “I just couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s been a crazy week. I’m pretty excited.” Just a few days before, Shotwell’s first child was born. He planned to save his winnings for his son’s future.

We’re looking forward to meeting the Carolina Cash 5 players who split Thursday’s $422,282 jackpot. Get this: Both tickets that matched all five numbers were sold in Duplin County! The tickets were sold at the C-Check on Brinson Road in Magnolia and the Friendly Mart on Center Street in Faison.

Three lucky winners – from three different parts of the state – Power Played their way to $40,000 each in recent Powerball drawings:

  • Out by the Pamlico Sound, a man from the small town of Arapahoe won in Wednesday’s drawing. Thongsook Schlau bought his winning Power Play ticket at the Handy Mart on U.S. 70 East in New Bern.
  • Northeast of Charlotte, a Catawba County man won in the Jan. 16 drawing. Jose Duque of Harrisburg bought his winning ticket at the Lowe’s Foods on N.C. 49 South.
  • Not far from the South Carolina border in Richmond County, a ticket for the Feb. 2 drawing has yet to be claimed. It was sold at K’s Korner Stop on West Hamlet Avenue in Hamlet.

Since Thursday, Jan.31, players of N.C. Education Lottery games won more than $18.1 million in prizes with more than $13.4 million awarded to winners of instant scratch-off games. Some of those winners are:

  • Daniel Bloomer of Denton, who won $50,000 playing Cold Cash Lines
  • David Ellison of Greenville, who won $30,000 playing Money Mania
  • Chad Stevens of Germanton, who won $25,000 playing Bah Humbucks
  • Otis Pridgen of Whiteville, who won $20,000 $4,000,000 Cash Blowout
  • Kimberly Forbes of Rocky Mount, who won $10,000 playing $5,000 a Week for Life!
  • Mildred Gumbs of Winston-Salem, who won $10,000 playing Ruby Red 7’s
  • Sherry Harwood of Weaverville, who won $10,000 playing $200,000 a Year for Life
  • Jerden Lea of Burlington, who won $10,000 playing Hot Streak

Have a great weekend everyone. Best of luck and see you next time here in the Lucke-Zone.


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On 2/14/2013 10:35, Lucke-Zone said

@ PIZZAMAN - Winning tickets at every level are distributed at random throughout the entire printing run of the game. That means more or less time can go by before a top prize-winning ticket is claimed. For all we know, someone else has scratched off a top prize but hasn't claimed yet.

On 2/13/2013 10:00, pizzaman said

I see on the lottery web site that the first 2$ 1000$ a week grand prize was hit. It came out in august. 7 months before the first grand prize was hit. I find it hard to believe that there was even a chance to win the top prize because any of the top prize tickets hadn't even been printed yet. Really nc lottery. How is this?

On 2/13/2013 02:50, Lucke-Zone said

@ LBROWN - Look for an interview with the $25,000 winner in a blog we're planning to post tomorrow! Thanks for your comment/question

On 2/13/2013 01:44, Player said

Let your reason for wanting to win be to help others less fortunate than yourself then reward yourself

On 2/13/2013 12:48, Lucke-Zone said

@ EARL2212 - If you look at our stories of winners of $100,000 and more, you'll find that they're from big and small places. Which makes sense, since of the 9 million + North Carolinians, large numbers live and play the lottery in both types of places.

On 2/13/2013 09:17, earl2212 said

go to a small town or a one stop light place if you wont to hit it "BIG"!!!!. have you guys not gotten the message by now. it's been six years folks.

On 2/12/2013 01:46, mowalljr said

Player, if you mean the Powerball or Mega Millions, they don't sell winning tickets, they sell tickets of numbers YOU choose and YOU have to pick the numbers that will be drawn that night. As for the scratch off tickets, again YOU have to choose the winning ticket. I hope you do win so you can have that funeral for your cousins before he,,, well never mind!!!

On 2/12/2013 01:02, LBrown said

When the winning be posted for the New Year's Cash drawing? And congrats to the winner's listed in the blog!

On 2/11/2013 02:30, Lucke-Zone said

@ GA - There were 115,728 entries for the 2013 New Year's Cash Drawing.

On 2/11/2013 09:40, GA said

Question for Lucke Zone How many entries were there for "2013 New Year's Cash Drawing"

On 2/10/2013 07:55, Player said

Ive been playing forever and Ive only won 100.00,but I know Im gonna hit it big very soon. Im gonna give 10% to my church and help my family. Im gonna be the next big winner in Fayetteville NC...

On 2/10/2013 05:46, Player said

Shoot 40,000 would be a grey blessing all I need is 3225 to have my cousins funeral:( hope I get so lucky within he next few days so we can do it...

On 2/10/2013 01:48, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (MDL) - We just had a big winner in Gastonia recently:

On 2/10/2013 09:57, 1rock2king said

K’s Korner Stop on West Hamlet Avenue in Hamlet. Visit that place a many of time's buying tickets. But it wasn't me with the winning ticket! Just checked them again, nope not me! Congrats to the winner whoever they are!! 40,000 dollars, I sure could have used!!

On 2/09/2013 06:51, Kerry said

Man, Wish i can have some luck my way to be able to take care of both of my BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS! (I really need it!)

On 2/09/2013 04:04, topdog said

congrat on you guys wins

On 2/09/2013 02:49, pkeys said

I wish all the above winners the best that life can offer. I pray my time is coming. I have been playing for a long time now and it would be a blessing to win BIG :)

On 2/09/2013 10:44, Steve said


On 2/09/2013 12:09, nessie said

Gastonia, why can't a big winner be sold here in Gastonia I would love to win big right here in Gastonia NC goodness..

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