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Cafeteria workers win $10,000 Powerball prize

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A group of 16 co-workers in Charlotte got a healthy serving of good luck in the March 23 Powerball drawing. A ticket belonging to the team matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $10,000.

Four members collected the prize money on Tuesday at the lottery's regional claim center in Charlotte. There, the group representatives said they felt shocked when they realized they won.

The lucky ticket was purchased at the Market Express on Weddington-Monroe Road in Matthews. It was a Quick Pick, meaning the numbers were randomly selected by the computer.

Remember that all tickets for all draw games, whether they are winning or non-winning tickets, are eligible for Lucke-Rewards points here in the Lucke-Zone.

71 Comments

On 4/03/2013 03:06, Vivain said

I am so happy for you all.

On 4/03/2013 03:34, Player said

how many tickets were purchased

On 4/03/2013 04:03, earl2212 said

hopefully, they wont have to pay taxes on $625 each. please, don't make them pay taxes!

On 4/03/2013 04:07, Player said

congratulations to all of you.

On 4/03/2013 04:07, tomlynch35 said

Too Too cool!

On 4/03/2013 04:21, Player said

great job ladies

On 4/03/2013 04:40, turbo said

That'cool. congrats. always glad to see a group win. I'm sure they have already been told. If they would have just thrown in another person b4 they claimed the prize they would have more in their pockets. 625 ea minus taxes= 425. with 17 they would have had 588 ea w/no taxes.

On 4/03/2013 04:49, Player said

maybe my picture will be next

On 4/03/2013 05:05, Hope366 said

What a Blessing!!!

On 4/03/2013 05:40, yukon said

One more dollar to Power Play that ticket and you would have won $40.000

On 4/03/2013 05:50, Player said

I. Hipe soon

On 4/03/2013 06:10, trissm said

I also am happy for you all.

On 4/03/2013 06:24, pkeys said

I am so very happy for all the winners. I am patiently waiting my time and I pray that it is VERY near :) Many blessings to all :)

On 4/03/2013 06:31, pitchk45 said

CONGRATS!!!!!

On 4/03/2013 06:43, Player said

I AM HAPPY FOR ALL OF YOU.

On 4/03/2013 06:53, Player said

more employees need to get together on all jobs to see if they WIN.....IT seem to be a lot of luck in groups lately..CONGRATS TO all that play the lottery

On 4/03/2013 07:46, Player said

congrats!

On 4/03/2013 07:50, Player said

So happy for you all

On 4/03/2013 08:32, Player said

wow congrats

On 4/03/2013 08:37, HGG said

Yeah thumbs up

On 4/03/2013 08:51, aj moye said

I will be next! Contr

On 4/03/2013 09:13, Player said

That was a wonderful Blessing.Congratulations...

On 4/03/2013 09:37, wrinkles said

congratulations, I hope there are more big wins in your future.

On 4/03/2013 09:59, Player said

enjoy the money!!!!!

On 4/03/2013 10:38, bigceoent said

congrats

On 4/03/2013 10:41, faycop4ncstate said

There are 16 people sharing a $10,000 prize. There is nothing to get excited about for this group.

On 4/03/2013 11:15, Player said

Great job guys! Wish I could win but when others do I am truly happy for them.

On 4/04/2013 01:11, missval said

i hope to one day win big or sm, im happy for all of them .you will see my face one day .

On 4/04/2013 06:53, Playerherman said

I am happy for you tank god for your good luck

On 4/04/2013 07:53, Player said

"Congratulations"

On 4/04/2013 08:34, Dee77 said

Congrats !!!!!!!

On 4/04/2013 09:25, Lucke-Zone said

@ FAYCOP4NCSTATE - Guess it all depends if you see the glass half empty or half full. Splitting a $10,000 prize with your friends is better than not winning, right? It's not quite the same as hitting the jackpot, but we're still happy for the winners!

On 4/04/2013 09:27, Lucke-Zone said

The 16 of them bought 16 tickets, for $2 each, for the big drawing held that night. The annuity value of the jackpot was estimated at $338.3 million :-)

On 4/04/2013 09:59, Lucke-Zone said

@ EAR2212 - The lottery does not make the law of North Carolina, we just follow it. A $10,000 prize, whether claimed by one person or 16 people, is a $10,000 prize subject to state and federal taxes.

On 4/04/2013 10:30, joejohnston said

Congratulations! Any win is a good win! That's the fun of playing!

On 4/04/2013 02:16, Big Winner said

It is so exciting to see people winning money! This is great news! Thank you for posting.

On 4/04/2013 03:07, mamacatz said

Why is only one entry number posted when I send in ten entries to lucke-zone?

On 4/04/2013 03:16, Lucke-Zone said

@ MAMACATZ - Would you please call our technical customer service support to explain what you're seeing? 1-800-201-0108

On 4/04/2013 04:04, spanky said

Good job. Hope next time its me and my wife.we can really use it.

On 4/04/2013 04:28, FarmersDaughter said

Silly question...do we have to keep the scratch offs after we enter them?

On 4/04/2013 04:34, Player said

congrats yall cant wait for my blessing because thats what it was......congrats again

On 4/04/2013 04:36, Lucke-Zone said

@ FARMERSDAUGHTER - That's not a silly question! We've been asked many times. As far as the lottery is concerned, once you've successfully entered a ticket here in the Lucke-Zone, you don't need to keep the physical ticket. :-)

On 4/04/2013 05:13, broke said

use the winnings in good health.

On 4/04/2013 06:44, buckfever said

If you are a winner on one of the drawings in Lucke-zone How are you notified first. Is it by a phone call that the caller Id would say nc lottery or only by an e-mail?

On 4/04/2013 07:11, GrandMom said

If you live in the right county, Charlotte, Raleigh in those areas you are almost guarenteed to win if you play. So this comes to no surprise to me. The lottery in North carolina makes no secret that somebody in those ares are going to win, and win big. The proof is in the pudding.

On 4/04/2013 09:46, Lucke-Zone said

@ MAYBABY - If that was true, wouldn't everyone just move to Charlotte or Raleigh and win the lottery? The fact is - and you can check with a statistics professor at a university if you don't want to take our word for it - nobody has any better chance of winning the lottery than anybody else. Ask other players here in the Lucke-Zone who live in a big city. We wish you and all our players good luck - that's what it takes to win, nothing else! :-)

On 4/04/2013 09:58, Player said

Everyone wants to be a winner! Glad these 16 did! Stay optimistic!

On 4/04/2013 10:36, chris28411 said

On a different note, every time I'm on the main Lucke-Rewards page and attempt to enter a Draw Game Ticket or switch to the drawings tab or any other tab located there, the error: (Entry not recognized. Please check the numbers and try again.), comes up. I'm thinking this is just a software flaw but getting concerned that it's going to lock me out at some point with too many errors. Can you look into this and I'd be happy to call tech. support if that's whats needed. I'm sure I'm not the only one this is happening to.

On 4/05/2013 12:51, gorams15 said

I would not move to those areas but the winnings still coming out of there often. You just have to prepare to give up alot of money playing NC lottery. Here we go with repeats again tonight in pick 3.

On 4/05/2013 08:50, lovey said

So happy for you ladies!!!!

On 4/05/2013 10:34, koduck63 said

ALL OF YOU SAYING ALL THE WINNERS COME FROM A CERTAIN AREA COMMON SENSE TELLS YOU THAT THE BIGGER CITIES SELL ALOT OF TICKETS THEREFORE THE MORE WINNERS YOU WILL HAVE SOME OF THE LARGER CITIES HAVE 3 LOTTERY TERMINALS IN THEM INSTEAD OF A SMALL TOWN!ITS NOTHING BUT LUCK THERES NO SCIENTIFIC WAY TO FIGURE OUT THE NUMBERS SAVE YOU MONEY FROM THE PYSCHICS AND LUCKY NUMBER WEBSITES AND WITCH DOCTORS SO YOU CAN BUY MORE TICKETS!IF THERE WAS A SCIENTIFIC WAY TO FIGURE THE NUMBERS NOBODY WOULD WIN BUT THE CASHIERS AT THE STORES!IF YOU THINK ITS RIGGED STOP PLAYING AND FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT!

On 4/05/2013 11:54, Player said

SO VERY HAPPY FOR ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE WON!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!!! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BLESSING!!!! I WISH EVERYONE WHO PLAYS GOOD LUCK!!! I REALLY DO HOPE THE NEXT TIME ITS MY FAMILY AND I HERE IN G-TOWN (GASTONIA, NC).

On 4/05/2013 12:59, joejohnston said

Question for luck zone: rules say we can enter 30 tickets a day. Is that 30 all together or 30 per section ( draw) ( scratch off)

On 4/05/2013 01:54, Player said

FOR the luckey winners,maybe they are the direct decendants of Abraham's seed.Financial blessings seem to always come to some and not to others.signed-reggie

On 4/05/2013 02:17, Lucke-Zone said

@ JOEJOHNSTON - It's 30 total, combined draw + scratchoff.

On 4/05/2013 02:19, Lucke-Zone said

@ GORAMS15 - A winning ticket could show up anywhere, its completely random. Drawings are random, too. Lottery drawings are isolated random events, the odds never change

On 4/05/2013 02:21, Lucke-Zone said

@ CHRIS28411 - Thanks for your offer to call technical customer service... please tell them what you see: 1-800-201-0108

On 4/05/2013 02:21, Player said

Congratulations I guess what I tell my wife is true. I always tell her that if you do not enter you have no chance to win.

On 4/05/2013 02:23, Lucke-Zone said

@ DEERMAN - For a player who wins a prize in a Lucke-Rewards drawing, the lottery first notifies the winner by e-mail, at the address associated with his or her Lucke-Zone account. We always tell winners they're invited to call us here at HQ to confirm that it's not some kind of scam! :-)

On 4/05/2013 02:48, BABA said

@koduck63,, tell it!! Those who think the lottery picks where the winners are have no clue how it works. In psych class those who do that are trying to make it seem they have done nothing wrong and it is ALWAYS SOMEBODY ELSE'S fault for their shortcomings. Like a person being caught speeding,and they were speeding, doesn't blame their going to fast for getting a ticket, it is the cops fault because they "watch that road all the time". No matter where one lives or buys a ticket IF they "PREDICT" the wrong numbers they won't win! It's simple, yet simplicity is hard to accept by some who would rather live in drama, real or fabricated!

On 4/05/2013 02:57, Kormillionaire said

A Wise Man on Walker Texas Ranger said " How can you win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket?" I hear that voice in my head everytime I have a chance to purchase a ticket. Rather one ticket or many, I have just as much luck as anyone else. ? You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind ?

On 4/06/2013 12:13, gorams15 said

It is lucke zones job to respond to questions or complaints not other people here.

On 4/06/2013 12:19, gorams15 said

This koduck63 must be a winner, hes talking to much, and he should'nt tell others what to do, its not his place to tell anyone how they should feel or how to use their own money.

On 4/06/2013 11:06, earl2212 said

save your tickets people and keep a running record of how much you spend within the year. i just had my taxes done and i got credit for my loses/after i filed the w2 from the lottery win that i had.it worked out great! i did not have to pay any taxes this year AT ALL! keep a record and only buy from the stores that will give you a receipt when you buy your ticket. KEEP A RECORD FOLKS! it pays.

On 4/06/2013 02:02, gjoyner said

When you notify a winner does the "from" column read "North Carolina Educational Lottery" and the "subject" column "Lucke-Rewards Drawing"? I was just wondering if a winner would know they won before opening the mail.

On 4/07/2013 09:03, luckless said

So, you are still selling the Holiday Millions $20 ticket, even though there are no more top prize tickets and the $3000,000 drawing is over?

On 4/07/2013 10:19, Player said

God bless you all

On 4/07/2013 10:21, Player said

God bless you all

On 4/08/2013 05:09, Lucke-Zone said

@ LUCKLESS - The process of picking up Holiday Millions tickets from stores is underway.

On 4/08/2013 05:25, Lucke-Zone said

@ GORAMS15 - Everyone is entitled to their views and can share information, but we do encourage everyone to express those views in a polite way when talking to other Lucke-Zone members.

On 4/08/2013 05:40, Lucke-Zone said

@ GJOYNER - It may vary depending on the drawing and which staff member is doing the notification.

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