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.