Pick 4 players collect their winnings

11:20 AM


A line of lucky Pick 4 winners started forming early Monday morning in front of the NCEL headquarters in Raleigh. The combination 2-2-2-2 was drawn in Saturday evening’s drawing, paying out nearly $7.5 million to Pick 4 players across the state.

A total of 933 $1 tickets matched the winning combination in the drawing, and each are worth $5,000. A $2,500 prize can be claimed by players who hold one of the 1,118 winning 50 cent tickets.

Ernest McNeill (left photo), a resident of St. Pauls, held three winning $1 tickets. As he stood in line, he filled out a claim form to collect his $15,000 prize.

“I’ve got some home repairs to make,” McNeill said. “I’m going to renovate the kitchen with this money. This is nice.”

Angela Moore (right photo), a resident of Chapel Hill and a student at Saint Augustine’s University, matched all four numbers on her 50 cent ticket and won $2,500.

“I’m not sure what I’ll do with the money yet,” Moore said. “But I know I will probably go shopping.”

Players who win $600 or more must claim prizes at one of the lottery's regional claim centers in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh, or Wilmington. Prizes can be claimed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Players must bring a photo ID and proof of their Social Security number to claim. There is more information about how to claim on our website.

We remind winners that they have 180 days to claim prizes. If you do come to a regional claim center on Monday or Tuesday of this week, it may take more time than usual to process the claim due to the large number of winners.


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On 8/03/2013 05:24, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (LOVEU2LIFE) - Thanks for taking time to post such a specific suggestion.

On 8/02/2013 06:25, Player said

On the new lottery play slips where it says "Play Type" it would be so much easier if we could check more than one block. A person may want to play one Pick 4 number all available six ways (or any combination of the six options). Currently, you would need to fill out two different play slips to do this instead of just the one play-slot. This would save you money on printing costs of play slips AND increase the possible amount of dollars players pay (per play-slot) from $.50-1.00 to $3.00-5.00 excluding the combo play, or as much as $14.75-29.00 if you include the combo play. One play slip has the potential to generate as much as $145 dollars ($29x5play-slots=$145) for the lottery. p.s. I hope I was clear enough and didn't confuse you too much, lol!

On 7/09/2013 11:34, Lucke-Zone said

@ SANDON - For Lucke-Rewards drawings (weekly & monthly), game-specific second-chance drawings (like Star Trek), and promotional drawings (such as the Hot Summer 2nd Chance promotion)... winners are notified first at the e-mail address associated with their Lucke-Zone account - usually within 48 business hours of a drawing. If a winner doesn't respond to the e-mail, we attempt to reach them by telephone and, if that doesnt work, certified mail. Good luck to you!

On 7/09/2013 04:43, DBOYS2014 said

when you win one of the drawings do they email your first then call 2nd if email dont work . if im wrong can you tell us how it goes again to notify the winner

On 6/24/2013 07:45, Player said

I hope one day I will win.So I will get a chance to see what a regional claim center look like inside.I know one day it will happen.Good Luck to all the winners.God Bless you all.

On 5/26/2013 09:45, Player said

Congrats, I want to one day experience that feeling of winning a large amount of money. I hope it be real real soon !!!

On 5/07/2013 10:00, Lucke-Zone said

@ SOPHIA - There aren't plans for a Cadillac-themed ticket at this time. But you never know in the future!

On 5/06/2013 08:14, franklin said

what happened to the cadillac tickets that we did a survey on Did u get a good response? I think they would be great.

On 4/29/2013 04:51, Player said

Congratulations to all!!!!!

On 4/29/2013 03:12, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (FP) - If a player wins a lottery prize once, that has no impact on his or her chances of winning another prize. Best wishes to you.

On 4/29/2013 02:18, Player said

Now you got me wondering--on the non-winning tickets we players submitt,with all the players playing. How can Mr H.johnson win twice on different times,different games.Im believing you opps,and someone got caught.Please be fair.Im sure you will have an answer and not post.And as you have in the past,told other players to maybe take a break from playing for awhile,because lottery should be for fun,which it should be,but again you should give all players the same chances of winning as the next person-NO MORE SCAMS-yes I will take a break from playing,YOU have taken the fun out of playing the lottery. Ive seen the light

On 4/29/2013 10:24, Lucke-Zone said

@ KADA - If you're talking about Lucke-Rewards drawings... the winners are first notified by e-mail. (If e-mail notification doesn't work, we try by phone and certified mail). You don't need to write down a number or keep your tickets once you've entered them for Lucke-Rewards points. Good luck to you!

On 4/29/2013 10:19, Lucke-Zone said

@ BRONXHIGH - If only numbers were used, the entry codes would have to be much longer. Having the 26 letters available makes it possible to have many more combinations in a shorter code. Good luck with your 'typing practice' !

On 4/29/2013 10:17, Lucke-Zone said

@ TIREDOFNOPRIZEDUE - Just remember to only play for fun. You'll always have a chance to win but it takes a ton of luck to win big!

On 4/29/2013 10:11, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (CJ) - Winners' names are announced only after they respond to the lottery's notificaiton attempts, AND the winners complete the claim process. Prizes of $600+ must be claimed at a regional claim center. So, all together, it can take many days and sometimes longer for a winner's name to be announced.

On 4/29/2013 10:09, Lucke-Zone said

@ NEWPORT1988 - Keep in mind with games of chance, whether it be draw game, scratch-off, or Lucke-Rewards drawing... it might only take one ticket/entry to win. Someone could have 100 entries in a drawing, and someone with just 1 entry could win. It's all luck. So we wish you the BEST of luck!

On 4/29/2013 10:07, Lucke-Zone said

@ PATRICIA - The lottery doesn't require winners to be photographed. But North Carolina state law makes four pieces of information about every lottery win public information: Winner's name, hometown, game played, and amount won.

On 4/29/2013 10:05, cassandra said

Good Luck everyone im working on mines. Its coming Yay

On 4/29/2013 03:47, Noah0421 said

My Day is Coming Congrat's

On 4/28/2013 07:44, Patricia said

Do you have to put your name and picture on display if you win big?

On 4/28/2013 02:10, AstraMagic said

Firstly Congratz to all the winners!!! This makes me happy because I see winning is possible. Secondly I noticed I missed my # in win4 and the pick3 this month :( well that is how it goes sometimes though... Timing is essential. Lastly I know my time to win big is coming soon, in the mean time I have been preparing myself for that blessing. Mentally, spiritually as well as planning how I will spend, save and bless others with my fortune. Keeping a positive attitude and being generous to those in need I feel are the ways the universe wants us all to conduct ourselves. This will open the gates of blessings to pour down upon you :) Bright Blessings to you all. Happy playing to you!

On 4/28/2013 01:26, IXGentileJewXI said

Population Control/236 + 218/Jason Anthony Kiser + 212/The Son of Perdition = 666.

On 4/28/2013 11:53, Newport1988 said

I just think its really crazy that I literally went on a crazy spending spree with my last little bit of extra money for Weeks on end to collect and submit the tickets for the second chance drawings and have anywhere from 80 entry's, to 64 entry's, to 80 again, and down to 30 entrys even and on and on for single Wednesday drawings and others, and haven't hit a single freaking one. I mean there wasn't a Wednesday entry on the list for weeks and weeks that I didn't have a substantial amount of entry's on. Just very discouraging and depressing. Lol.

On 4/28/2013 11:39, Player said

How do the winners know if they won like for 04/10/2013 there is no name to whos won.

On 4/28/2013 11:34, Player said

how do the winner knows if they won

On 4/28/2013 11:01, vandalay96 said

Congratulations to everyone who hit on Quadruple 2's. I recently resolved to play pick 5 only since we get an extra chance to win with each draw ticket. It seems like the best deal for $5. To everyone's who's hit something wish me well and spread some luck my way.

On 4/28/2013 06:26, Player said


On 4/27/2013 04:53, Player said

Congratulations to all who play and win. I believe my time is my time and it will come. I know my chances to win are better when I play. You have to be in it to win it. Peace and more blessings to everyone.

On 4/27/2013 03:28, Player said


On 4/27/2013 03:05, Player said

Going for that BIG "CASH " pot tonight!!!

On 4/27/2013 01:10, TiredOfNoPrizeDue said

Yeah it seems that lately I have become obsessed with winning (not on a crazt level) so that I can pay off my debt,have a more comfortable future and help out some of my family. Everytime I stop to get gas I buy a dollar or two worth of tickets. Ha. And I just stared logging in my non winner tickets in the second chance drawings. Something has got to give. The stars have got to line up for me one day !. LOL. * Dont need to be crazy rich, just more comfortable. Everything is just sooo expensive to live now days. And no matter how much we work the price of everything still goes up.* Hopeful*

On 4/27/2013 08:38, Player said

gorams15, it sounds as if you are very frustrated and that's understandable but I never rely on luck. Everything that I have and everything that I ever will have has been a blessing from God. If it's meant to be, it will be. That's just my two cents.

On 4/27/2013 06:29, bronxhigh said

It would be easier to have only numbers on entry codes instead of a combination of numbers and letters;especially for the two finger typist. LOL!!!!!!!!!

On 4/26/2013 10:57, Player said

Happy for all the winners!

On 4/26/2013 07:46, Player said

I was out of town and missed the 2222 numbers.I was in Florida and missed the 0000 number on 4-23-13 mid-day. Sometimes it seems that money just come easy to some people and not to others signed--REGGIE 4-26-13

On 4/26/2013 05:28, KADA said

I will I know if I won? Should I copy some sort of number down each time I enter a ticket? When are the winning numbers displayed and where? Thanks

On 4/26/2013 02:26, just4fun said

I'm so happy for all the 2222 winners, I feel as if I won. continue to be bless.:-)

On 4/26/2013 01:37, cent said

congrats! to everyone, keep playing your time will come.

On 4/26/2013 08:28, seeharrison said


On 4/26/2013 08:17, Lucke-Zone said

@ XCITN2002 - Players of North Carolina lottery games who live in other states have no better or worse chance of winning a prize than folks who live in North Carolina... just remember that the vast majority of NC Lottery players and Lucke-Zone members DO live in North Carolina. So, to repeat, everyone's entries are created equal, its just not a surprise that North Carolina residents claim more lottery prizes than residents of other states.

On 4/26/2013 08:15, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (CPS) - Click on the "HELP" link at the top of the screen, or copy & paste this link into your browser for more info. There are also toll-free #'s at this link you can call for more assistance...

On 4/26/2013 08:13, Lucke-Zone said

@ GORAMS15 - If playing the lottery isn't fun, then maybe taking a break from games of chance would be a good option for you. Your chances of winning don't get better or worse over time. If you look at the odds for games of chance, it's always much more likely that you won't win a prize than that you will - that's what makes it possible to have the chance to win $100, $1,000, $10,000, $100,000, $1 million or $100 million depending what game you're playing.

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

@ PLAYER (SG) - We just recently had a Cash 5 jackpot winner in Swansboro:

On 4/26/2013 01:57, Player said


On 4/25/2013 10:46, Angelito said

i hope 5's will come out tonite

On 4/25/2013 03:37, gorams15 said

I have been playing some numbers for a year now just to even get 40 dollars, all the hundreds I have put in it and nothing. Some of the numbers I have been playing have'nt played or its been years. My luck just ran out, I am a very disappointed player. I had no idea that it was gonna take this much luck.

On 4/25/2013 09:27, Player said

Hi guys! congratulations to all winners. I'm new and confused. I've been logging my tickets but what else do I do? Is the second chance automatic or do I need to do something else?

On 4/25/2013 01:41, kittie said

If anyone has won a Wednesdays 2,500. drawing how many entries did you enter?

On 4/24/2013 11:31, Player said

I will be glad to win.......I can use the money.

On 4/24/2013 10:36, lrl said

I was one of the lucky winners! Hit for $2500. The wait was not that bad. I was the first in line at the Greensboro office by 9:00 a.m. and out by 09:45 a.m. The lottery office had a great system that kept the line moving and all the workers were in a good mood don't now about later on that day but the first hour was okay for me and a few others. Congratulations to all the winners.......I will win the MEGA and POWERBALL back to back.....History will be made....

On 4/24/2013 10:12, kittie said


On 4/24/2013 09:04, xcitn2002 said

Do people from Virginia win, so far all winners for 2500 wednesdays are from N.c.?

On 4/24/2013 07:39, Robin said

congratulations to all the quad 2's winners. I am still trying to win big. Not so good yet, but I am hoping soon.

On 4/24/2013 03:42, lady G said

I'm glad to see so many winners for the quad 2's...Congrats to all!

On 4/24/2013 11:42, Player said

After reading about all of the lucky winners, I'm going to start playing Pick 4 some.

On 4/24/2013 10:19, Pow3rplay said


On 4/24/2013 08:52, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (KB) - The time of day is not set. The drawing is held when security has the resources available to follow all the procedures. E-mail notification is made within 48 hours of the drawing. Sorry we can't narrow it down better for you than that, but good luck!

On 4/24/2013 06:26, Player said

What timis the drawing for winning wednesdays? I check my email constantly on wednesdays to see if I won. Is there any way I can narrow down the timeframe?

On 4/24/2013 01:47, Armylady said

Good luck to all the winners, I'm waiting for the 5's, been playing them for 3 years now.

On 4/23/2013 11:13, Playergirl said

I know that's right, Marva. Less than an hourand 1/2 is nothing to wait in line to receive $7500!! Congrats, ALL!!

On 4/23/2013 09:53, Player said

we need a swansboro north carolina winner.Congrats to all of you winners

On 4/23/2013 02:55, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (1H) - As far as the lottery is concerned, once a ticket has been entered for Lucke-Rewards points, you don't need to keep it in order to claim a prize won in a Lucke-Rewards drawing. Just make sure that for any winning draw game tickets, you claim your prizes! :-D

On 4/23/2013 01:34, rabbit said


On 4/23/2013 10:46, Player said

i am happy for all the who won.i didnot play the 2's.i have won on the pick3.i will try my luck today on the pick4.

On 4/23/2013 10:32, Player said

Once you have entered the entry code, do you have to save the ticket?

On 4/23/2013 09:54, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (RCW) - Sorry to hear you didn't win a prize in the Pick 4 drawing. Something we tell players every day is that we hope you'll only play with money you have set aside for entertainment... with games of chance, you always have a chance to win, but never a guarantee. So best wishes to you!

On 4/23/2013 09:53, karolinakydd said

I've yet to win only $100 on pick 4, although i won $500 each on the triple 1's and 8's in December 2012. My time is coming soon to hit big in the pick 4. The numbers I'm playing have not come out since 2009 and they are longggggg overdue. Good Lucky quad 2 players.

On 4/23/2013 09:52, Lucke-Zone said

@ MIMI45 - You've asked this question many times, and the answer is always the same. There are thousands of towns and millions of people in North Carolina. Folks in Gastonia have the same chance to win as players anywhere else.

On 4/23/2013 09:50, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (S) - First notification attempt is by e-mail. If we dont get a response, we attempt telephone, then certified mail. This is for all Lucke-Rewards drawings.

On 4/23/2013 09:44, Player said

to all who were bless don't forget to be a tither

On 4/23/2013 09:38, orangette said

Iam next on the list to win and when i do iam going to have a good time spent my money

On 4/23/2013 09:19, Lucke-Zone said

@ LOTTOKING - We decided to stay pretty quiet on social media last week, given how everyone was feeling about the tragedy in Boston. We will get back in the mix this week :-)

On 4/23/2013 09:17, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (BP & NC) - Congrats!! Glad you won some cash :-)

On 4/23/2013 09:17, Lucke-Zone said

@ TBRHONESTY - Players in Shelby have the same chance of being lucky in a drawing as players anyplace else... if you're not enjoying playing the lottery, maybe you'd feel better taking a break. We only want you to play if you're having fun :-)

On 4/23/2013 09:09, tbrhonesty said

Im getting tired of coming tooooo close!!! When is it going to happen for me in Shelby, NC??? I have either been one numer below or one number too high..SMH!!! Im about to give up!!!!

On 4/23/2013 08:10, parker514 said

wish i have play them

On 4/23/2013 04:19, Player said

I was one of the winner's,told you my time was coming. Congrats to everyone else.Sometimes you got to lose to win again.

On 4/23/2013 12:04, Player said

I was out of town and DIDN'T win.I played the 2"s ALLlast month and up to Thursday or Friday.Still I didn't win.My niece won.Good luck to all winners.My day is coming this month. Shadae

On 4/22/2013 09:34, Player said

whats taking me so long to win 1

On 4/22/2013 09:24, Larry said

Good luck to all the winners

On 4/22/2013 09:14, Player said

still wating to win in the luck-e-zone, I think my time is coming soon! And I am a winner of $2500 I have played the quad's every day since November!!!

On 4/22/2013 09:04, Player said

Congratulations winners!!!!!!!

On 4/22/2013 08:37, Jef said

Myyyy Dayyy Willll Come and Iiii WILL WIN PICK 4 Str8 Multiple times with the same number but til then hats off to all ye Ole Two Two Two Two WINNERS! :-))

On 4/22/2013 08:21, moore5667 said

Oh I wish I could have had a piece of the pie. I'll wait my turn..

On 4/22/2013 08:16, LOTTOKING said

@ NCEL. Why don't you provide a link to some of these stories so we can share them on Facebook ? You usually do. (Congrats to the winners !)

On 4/22/2013 08:09, dwatkins said

it was time for the quad to fall, I am happy I won.

On 4/22/2013 08:03, banga said

I can't wait

On 4/22/2013 07:35, topdog said

Cograt on all you guys and gals who hit 2222. Dont spend it all in one place!!!!

On 4/22/2013 06:51, Player said

congrads to all winners,my time is coming soon!!!

On 4/22/2013 06:51, Player said


On 4/22/2013 06:43, slick rick said

Those 2's are tremendous aren't they? Sorry I missed them.

On 4/22/2013 06:29, Marva said

I was one of the lucky winners! Hit for $7500. The wait was not that bad. I was in line at the Greenville office by 9:00 and out by 10:15. The lottery office had a great system that kept the line moving and all the workers were in a good mood don't now about later on that day but the first hour was okay. Congratulations to all the winners.

On 4/22/2013 05:58, Player said

How the winner in the drawings is notified? by email or telephone? I'm talking about the 2,500 weekly drawings on Wednesday

On 4/22/2013 05:49, Granny said

Congrats my day is coming

On 4/22/2013 05:38, Player said

congratulations my time is next!

On 4/22/2013 05:33, Ojay said


On 4/22/2013 04:28, Player said

Congratulations good luck to all the player cant wait to my day come !!!

On 4/22/2013 04:17, mimi45 said

where are the online gastonia winners none

On 4/22/2013 04:13, Player said

I played the tripple 2's instead of the quads, so mad. I'm broke!!

On 4/22/2013 03:28, Lucke-Zone said

@ KIYANI - Hey, extend our congratulations to your relative! :-D Thanks to everyone for playing... good luck!!!

On 4/22/2013 02:35, kiyani said

had a relative to win $5,000! my time is coming and i'm going to win but with an additional digit in front of the 5! congratulations to all winners!

On 4/22/2013 02:20, ITWUZNME said


On 4/22/2013 01:43, JustRelax said

S---w---e---e---t. Bump it up!!!

On 4/22/2013 01:40, Lucke-Zone said

@ MAYBABY - If the status says "notified" but no name is listed, that means the winner has not yet completed the claim process. When that happens, the winner's name will be announced.

On 4/22/2013 01:07, glory said


On 4/22/2013 11:48, GrandMom said

I can not see who won the weekly drawing on 4/10/2013 it says winner notified , however there is no name who won

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