Good luck 'bordering' on amazing this week

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Until a ticket is matched in a drawing or scratched by a player, nobody knows where good luck will show up playing the lottery. As luck would have it, this week's three biggest wins all happen to belong to players who live in counties bordering neighboring states.

We'll start in Gates County, which borders Virginia in Northeast North Carolina. That's where Larry Weikert of Corapeake hit the jackpot for $137,263. He won half of Tuesday's $274,526 Carolina Cash 5 jackpot. The other winning ticket for the drawing, also worth $137,263, was sold on the other side of the state in Mitchell County. That ticketholder, who has yet to come forward, purchased the ticket at the Ingles on Greenwood Road in Spruce Pine.

About an hour and half from Spruce Pine, among the Blue Ridge Mountains of Haywood County and Tennessee, a pipe fitter from Canton scratched off $100,000 playing Mega Bucks. “It was hard to believe,” said Fisher at lottery headquarters. “It still is. I feel good.” He said he'll use the prize money to help pay for his son’s master’s degree.

Who would have predicted that, down on the South Carolina border, Tommy Spika of Laurinburg would win big playing the lottery? Tommy Spika, that's who. The Scotland County retiree bought a ticket for the $100,000 Crossword game in Lumberton and scratched it off at home. When he claimed his $100,000 winnings, he said he always knew he would scratch off a big prize.

Other big prizes were won or claimed this week. A player from San Antonio, Texas won $67,931 playing Carolina Cash 5 on the North Carolina Coast. Lavelle Brown bought the winning ticket for the April 10 drawing at the Kerr Drug on North Howe Street in Southport in Brunswick County.

You've got to love this one. The $50,000-winning ticket for the April 19 Cash 5 drawing was sold at -where else? - but Winners Food Mart on North Madison Boulevard in Roxboro in Person County.

Here's another one you don't see every day. Two tickets from Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing matched four white balls and the Mega Ball. That's not so unusual, but here's where it gets interesting: They were both sold at The Poor Boy General Store & Grill on Poor Boy Farm Road in Knightdale.

We're also waiting to find out who won each of two $10,000 prizes in recent Powerball drawings. A ticket for the April 13 drawing was sold at Fast Phil's on Brawley School Road in Mooresville. The other ticket, for the April 17 drawing, was sold at the Pop Shoppe on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro.

Besides the six-figure scratch-off wins mentioned above, nine other players won big prizes instantly. They are:

  • Roderick Hall of Wilmington ($75,000 - Lady Bucks)
  • Artis Allen of Henderson ($50,000 - Blue Diamond Bingo)
  • Thelmea Hunt of Havelock ($50,000 - 20X The Money)
  • Wayne Luffman of Ronda ($50,000 - Junior Big Ol’ Bucks)
  • Daisy Mack of Jamestown ($50,000 - Junior Big Ol’ Bucks)
  • Diane Clark of Newland ($20,000 - $4,000,000 Gold Bullion)
  • Jody Lail of Newton ($10,000 - $200,000 a Year for Life)
  • Gail Mann of Trinity ($10,000 - Hot Streak)
  • Jason Triplett of Kernersville ($10,000 - Holiday Millions)

In all, players scratched off $14.3 million in prizes this week. Draw game players for the games Pick 3, Pick 4, Cash 5, Mega Millions, and Powerball won $5.1 million.

This week's in the books. We hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend. See you next time here in the Lucke-Zone.


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On 4/29/2013 10:22, Lucke-Zone said

@ TONY - Well, if you feel concerned, it may be that games of chance aren't fun for you anymore. And if that's true, it might be better to take a break from playing. Games of chance can be fun, and you will always have a chance to win, but never a guarantee. As much as we appreciate our players.. who you are as a person is more important to us than that you are a player :-)

On 4/28/2013 09:13, Player said


On 4/27/2013 02:47, tony said

I am Happy for every person that has won!!! I have a great concern... We spend a great deal of money in the lottery.. wish you could see the big box of lottery scratch off tickets of non/winning tickets we have! OMG..Never won any type of second chance...each entries are large amounts. It would be nice if you had a program in buying your old tickets back and recyle them think about it and let us know!!!

On 4/26/2013 08:14, Lucke-Zone said

@ SMARTLUCK - The NC Lottery has taken a careful look at Keno. There aren't any plans right now to add it to the games available in North Carolina.

On 4/25/2013 12:00, SmartLuck said

When will Charlotte get a Keno game?

On 4/24/2013 11:49, Player said

I am going to be the big winning next and congratulation to all the winning god is so good

On 4/23/2013 12:58, Elwell said

Hopefully, I am NEXT!!!!

On 4/22/2013 01:34, baddcatt326 said

My win is coming!

On 4/21/2013 10:56, Player said

Congrats to the person who won from Spruce Pine. My town!

On 4/21/2013 09:38, MiracleMoment said

Congrats to all the winners!!. I'm sure the money was right on time and much needed!! I just hope you all help a few other people along the way. and YES INDEED CHARLOTTE IS NEXT to the tune of 116 million. Im buying the ticket today :)

On 4/21/2013 09:12, Lucke-Zone said

@ 1HARLEYMOM + @ PLAYER (JG) - Remember, in addition to your non-winning scratch-off tickets... ALL tickets for draw games, winning and non-winning, are eligible for Lucke-Rewards points! Good luck to you!

On 4/21/2013 09:05, 1harleymom said

that's great to know how you notify winners of lucke rewards drawing first by e-mail, then you make every attempt that is possible. i thought that you could,t get in touch with me. thanks for second chance drawings. that means a lot for players to know that out monies are not just thrown away with the non-winning tickets. looking forward to get that e-mail about my win soon.

On 4/21/2013 08:59, pickinwheels said

good luck to all

On 4/21/2013 08:59, Kathy said

Congrats to all winners! Only hope that if you are a winner and you are already financially well off that you will "share" a little of your fortune with those who really could use some help. God Bless!

On 4/21/2013 08:26, Player said

So happy for them but it is high point time to win yep little old me will win

On 4/21/2013 06:55, Player said

I wish u all goodluck and me 2. My husband hopes everyone wins and so do I.

On 4/21/2013 01:37, BRICELMAEL said

Still waiting for my lucke day also!!!!!!

On 4/20/2013 11:35, donetta said

I play everyday Stanley co please send some money one of the big ones

On 4/20/2013 10:05, oldlady said

I just don't no what I am going to do maybe I will win this week I need to hit something beside a dollar for a dollar that my luck

On 4/20/2013 08:41, Player said

I'm happy for all the winners....... so looking forward for my big win! good luck to all!!!!!!!

On 4/20/2013 07:00, Player said

thank god for all the winners it will be my time one day

On 4/20/2013 06:14, Queen_Alcemene said

I am excited about this site. I know one day my ticket will be a winner. Way to go to all the winners this week.

On 4/20/2013 05:50, Player said

still waitn and hoping

On 4/20/2013 05:42, grand maw puttie said

I will save my comments until i win!!!!

On 4/20/2013 04:37, Pow3rplay said


On 4/20/2013 04:28, Player said

This is a very interesting concept offered by the NC lottery that keeps you interested in winning big!!! Congrats to all the winners across the state and I hope to one day join that winners circle!!

On 4/20/2013 04:21, Player said

Is this for scratch offs only??????

On 4/20/2013 01:46, Player j said

When is someone in Clayton going to win something

On 4/20/2013 12:42, Player said


On 4/20/2013 11:31, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (HLH) - The lottery first attempts to notify winners of Lucke-Rewards drawings at the e-mail address associated with their Lucke-Zone account, usually within 48 hours of the drawing. If the winner doesn't respond to e-mail, we attempt to reach them by telephone, then certified mail if necessary. A winner's name is only announced after he/she responds to notification and completes the claim process.

On 4/20/2013 11:29, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (R53) - You can copy & paste this link into your web browser to see some winners from your area (Pittsboro): ... Keep in mind that, while folks in Chatham County have the same chance to win as players anywhere else, there are players all across the state in all 100 counties who are playing for a chance to win. Good luck!

On 4/20/2013 09:47, Player said

I'm glad that I am a major supplier of money for these lucky winners; as I mostly loose tons of money on tons of loosing tickets... So hopefully some day it will come around & it will pay me back and then some...

On 4/20/2013 09:07, Player said

way togo people if only we could winn in hickoy n.c.

On 4/20/2013 08:30, Player said

It seems very strange no one from Chatham County scratched off, or won any large jackpots!

On 4/20/2013 03:19, Player said

have i won any thing yet please let me know if i did

On 4/20/2013 12:27, cynthia tumbling said


On 4/19/2013 10:49, Player said

Congratulations!! Charlotte will have the next big winner. Guess who? ME!!! :)

On 4/19/2013 10:03, Player said

Charlotte is next.

On 4/19/2013 07:26, Big Winner said


On 4/19/2013 07:03, Player said

This is such amazing to hear. I'm ging to try my luck and see if I can be in next week's circle of winner's!!!!!

On 4/19/2013 06:50, Player said

congrats to all the winners.....angels and blessings are popping up every day....that's a good thing!!!!!

On 4/19/2013 06:27, fayncscott said

Congratulations all!

On 4/19/2013 06:04, cent said

I personally am greatful for lucke-zone because it gives you a second chance and it makes you feel like your money didn,t go to waste. I HAVE NOT WON ANYTHING YET BUT I AM LOOKING FORWARD. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE.

On 4/19/2013 05:51, Player said

congratulations to all of you i'm praying that one day iwill win the big one.

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