Whiteville grocery manager wins $10,000 scratch-off prize

10:09 AM


Edward Ward Jr., a grocery manager from Whiteville, said he was “really excited” when he scratched off a $10,000 prize playing Hot Streak. He plans to pay bills and buy a new cell phone with the winnings from his lucky $5 ticket, which he purchased at Hill’s Food Store on Sam Pott’s Highway in Lake Waccamaw.

Whiteville is no stranger to big lottery wins. Four other Whiteville residents have won between $5,000 and $100,000 playing instant scratch-off games. The biggest win in Whiteville history came in 2008 when a Powerball player matched all five white balls and won $2 million on a Power Play ticket.


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On 3/12/2013 03:52, Lucke-Zone said

@ 1ROCK2KING - Glad you found the video useful!

On 3/12/2013 10:13, 1rock2king said

Just watched the video on the drawing process! I'm really happy that y'all show us that. I see now all the time and security that takes place at each drawing. I don't see how anyone thinks that the NC lottery is doing any wrong. Really amazing what has to take place, each and every drawing. I hope this will ease all the lottery players mind now!

On 3/11/2013 11:37, LBrown said

Opps..disregard my previous post. I found the answer on the second post from the Whiteville winner's article. :-) Thanks

On 3/10/2013 05:13, Lucke-Zone said

@ KATHYO - Of course all the balls 0-9 are in each chamber for every drawing, and 12x times a year, the ball sets are weighed and measured. You can watch a video about the drawing process by copying & pasting this link into your web browser's address bar:

On 3/10/2013 09:12, kathyo said

i wrote a blog last week that was never answered. I asked if all the numbers were in the chest and does each ball weigh the same thing. You just see the balls roll out and not what was blown up and rolls out from that puff of air/why not?

On 3/09/2013 02:32, pkeys said

Congratulations Mr. Ward. I am praying my financial windfall is coming real soon also. I like most have been playing for a while now and would enjoy like yourself getting something back in return :) Be blessed and enjoy your winnings.

On 3/08/2013 04:35, Player said


On 3/08/2013 09:56, Lucke-Zone said

@ FORD - Games of chance can be fun, but all forms of entertainment are best enjoyed in moderation!!

On 3/08/2013 09:55, Lucke-Zone said

@ BIGRHINO - During the secure printing process, winning tickets are distributed at random throughout the entire printing run of each game. Then they're divided up into packs and the inventory is stored securely before being distributed to retailers by the lottery's sales staff. Where a winning ticket might show up is a complete mystery until a lucky player scratches one off! :-D

On 3/08/2013 09:53, Lucke-Zone said

@ VINNY - An auditor who does not work for the lottery is present for every drawing, and participates in the process of randomly selecting ball sets and draw machines before each and every drawing. Twelve times a year, NCEL security provides ball sets to the the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services - Standards Lab Division for testing.

On 3/08/2013 09:45, BigRhino said

I am not biased, but who does distribute that tickets? Is it done by an outside agency? Not trying to start and conspiracy theory, just generally interested in the process! Congrats to this guy!

On 3/08/2013 09:44, Lucke-Zone said

@ SALLYMAE3 - There is no county where players have an advantage or disadvantage playing the lottery. The odds just play out more often in places where there are more people living and playing. But no individual person, store, county, or region has a better or worse chance of winning a prize playing games of chance :-)

On 3/08/2013 04:38, Player said

Congrats Edward now sell me one

On 3/07/2013 11:49, Chris said

Awesome!!!! Congrats go out to Ed!!!

On 3/07/2013 08:42, Sallymae3 said

It seems that the largest percentage of the really big winners are usually in certain counties. Disperse some of those top winning scratch offs all over.

On 3/07/2013 08:37, Dream said

Way to go. This is my home town. So glad that you won.

On 3/07/2013 07:05, studebaker said

Is there a Outside Source that Investagates or test the Lottery balls also, other than the State Emplyee's thats doing the lottery balls sit-up?

On 3/07/2013 06:13, FORD said

I need to wake. I blow more than I win.

On 3/07/2013 02:36, Lucke-Zone said

@ MIMI45 - You make a similar comment to this on most blogs that we post - have you ever seen our response? Gastonia players have exactly the same chance to win as players anywhere else. There is no place in North Carolina where any individual player has an advantage or disadvantage playing games of chance from the lottery. We appreciate all our players very much and wish everyone the best of luck!

On 3/07/2013 02:06, Player said

happy he won

On 3/07/2013 01:51, mimi45 said

were are the winners in gastomia why no winners in gastonia yet there is talk about no winners in gastonia online or any big winners every were but gastonia you have loyal players here as well what is going on with our tickets

On 3/07/2013 01:26, Player said

Congrats Edward on winning big off a scratch off well deserved

On 3/07/2013 11:32, jenrockz30 said

Awesome! Eddie definitely deserves the win!

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