Seven players win $100,000 to $1 million this week

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Since Thursday, May 16, players statewide have scratched and matched their way to $20.2 million in total prizes.

A pair of $1 million Powerball prizes were the largest claimed this week. James Wright of Charlotte said he'll save his winnings for retirement. “I was at work checking my ticket and everyone around me kept saying I had won a million dollars.” he recalled. “I just started shaking.”

Ron and Regina Phelps of Asheville took their time coming in to claim their $1 million, meeting last week with a financial advisor. The couple has more than 60 combined years of experience working as nurses. After all that time providing care, the couple said winning the lottery will allow them to think about retiring sooner.

Another winner this week from Buncombe County is Wanda Ruiz Padilla, a factory worker from Arden. She scratched off $200,000 playing the Power 7's game. “I saw the black seven, and I knew that I won something,” said Ruiz Padilla. “I kept seeing zero, zero, zero. I was in shock. I had to look at that ticket 10 to 15 times to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming.”

In Robeson County, a couple from Pembroke celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary with a $150,000 lottery prize. Gerald Strickland won the first top prize in the Mega Money Multiplier game which started on April 16.

This week's lone Carolina Cash 5 jackpot claimant is Ronald Johnson of Cary in Wake County. The roofing contractor was stunned when he found out he won $149,825 on May 13. “I was up late that night so I decided to watch the drawing,” he recalled. “My heart started racing when they drew my fourth number. You could say I was pleased, needless to say.”

This is a good one. King resident Ken Johnson decided to try his luck after his horoscope suggested he might want to - and won $100,000. “I felt encouraged,” said Johnson, a Capricorn who starts each day by reading his horoscope. “I scratched the numbers, and I saw all of these zeroes,” said the Stokes County man, who works as a manufacturing associate. “I asked the guy behind the counter, “Am I reading this right?”

Sunday turned out to be Roderick Singletary’s lucky day as he won a $100,000 prize playing the $4,000,000 Gold Bullion game. Singletary, a carpenter from Middlesex in Nash County, said he usually meets a friend on Sundays at the Trans Mini Mart on East Finch Avenue and together they try their luck with the lottery. “It just happened to be my lucky day,” said Singletary as he collected his prize money Monday at the N.C. Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

Someone who played Carolina Cash 5 in the Queen City won a king’s ransom in Wednesday’s drawing. A ticket sold at the 7-Eleven on Providence Road in Charlotte matched all five numbers in Wednesday’s drawing to win the $255,597 jackpot.

Michael Owens of Jamestown won $40,000 in the May 18 Powerball drawing. Six other players claimed the $10,000 prizes they won: Spencer Pannell of Marion, Mark Crim of China Grove, Keri Malkin of Wilmington, Thurston Mattocks of Greenville, Jeffrey Everette of Garner, and Espolito Duarte of Raleigh. A seventh ticket worth $10,000, unclaimed at this time, was sold at Earp's Express on Brighton Park Road in Charlotte.

A pair of Mega Millions tickets worth $10,000 in recent drawings also have yet to be claimed. They were sold at the El Paisa Latin Foods store on Wellons Street in Four Oaks for the May 17 drawing and at the 1 Stop & Shope on West Haggard Avenue in Elon for the May 14 drawing.

Nine more instant scratch-off players claimed big prizes this week:

  • Sarah Faircloth of Laurel Hill won $50,000 playing $100,000 Taxes Paid
  • Charles Cranford of Asheboro won $10,000 playing Jumbo Bucks
  • Robert Creasy of Dobson won $10,000 playing MONOPOLY    
  • William Davis of Dudley won $10,000 playing MONOPOLY
  • Calvin Little of Charlotte won $10,000 playing MONOPOLY
  • Harlan Luedecke of Fayetteville won $10,000 playing $5,000 a Week for Life!
  • Donna McCall of Sylva won $10,000 playing Ruby Red 7’s
  • Miral Patel of Cary won $10,000 playing 20X The Money
  • Matthew Roddick of Clayton won $10,000 playing MONOPOLY

Thanks for being with us here in the Lucke-Zone. Our offices and claim centers will be closed on Monday in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. We thank all those who have served, do serve, and will serve our country - and hope that everyone has a fun and safe weekend.


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On 5/31/2013 12:00, RJAROSZ said

I have purchased a lot of tickets over the last 6 months that have the number 40 either in the winning numbers area or the play area. These tickets are almost always losers (especially with the number 40 in the play area) and have increased dramatically lately especially since the second chance drawings started. less winning tickets sold.

On 5/30/2013 11:41, Player said

GOD bless you all. Still waiting for my good luck.

On 5/30/2013 02:45, Lucke-Zone said

@PLAAYER - We actually just posted the number of Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawing #4 in another post. The final count for Monday's drawing is 949,988. Best of luck!

On 5/30/2013 02:28, Red13 said

Congrats to all the winners! I have a question for (Lucky-Rewards admin) how come you post names of winners and their home town,but not number of ticket entries?

On 5/30/2013 12:53, rufnit said

how many entries will it take to win? Being doing this for months never anyone in my area is so lucky!

On 5/29/2013 03:46, Player said

to all those who have won, God bless you....take care of those who deserve your helping hand....I have entered a few second chance drawings.........doesn't everybody deserve a second chance? :-)

On 5/29/2013 11:03, Lucke-Zone said

@Watersbaby - We don't have data for that, sorry. In our experience, luck is just something that happens, no matter how you choose to play. Speaking of luck, we wish you all the best.

On 5/29/2013 10:40, Watersbaby said

What is the proportion of winners that buy a quick pick, to those that choose their numbers, on the Cash Five game?

On 5/29/2013 10:24, Lucke-Zone said

@BLKDAHLIA - Wilson County has 36 scratch-off winners from $10,000 to $1 million, nine Cash 5 winners from $41,000 to $323,000, seven Mega Million winners from $10,000 to $40,000 and 17 Powerball winners from $10,000 to $1 million.

On 5/29/2013 09:52, mtypitt said

I have participated in all second chance winnings boy do I need a second chance to get a little ahead on my bills and saving...but congrats on all that do

On 5/29/2013 08:01, Player said

Greensboro needs more winners

On 5/28/2013 08:56, blkdahlia said

What does wilson county have? We never get a big win but congrats to everyone that has won any amount of money I can imagine what it feels like to get some of that debt off your hands

On 5/28/2013 03:44, Lucke-Zone said

@Player - Reidsville has 33 scratch off wins from $5,000 up to $500,000, a $362,984 Cash 5 win and seven Powerball winners from $10,000 to $200,000.

On 5/28/2013 03:19, Lucke-Zone said

@JUDYP - We want everyone who plays the lottery to enjoy themselves. If you find you're not having fun anymore, we understand that it may not be worth it to you to continue. We certainly appreciate you as a player.

On 5/26/2013 07:06, Player said


On 5/26/2013 05:37, Player said

bless each and every one who dreams big nothing wrong with that. GOD BLESS EVERYONE.

On 5/26/2013 05:17, eldog said

i won 100,000!thx

On 5/26/2013 11:05, yvonne said


On 5/26/2013 10:37, Player said

Congratulations!!!Save the money wisely.I'm 78 Maybe one of these days it will be my lucky too. g

On 5/26/2013 08:27, Player said

i can,t win for losing thank God somebody is winning

On 5/26/2013 02:50, Player said

I wish that someone in Reidsville could start winning you never hear about anybody hitting any real money not on the scratch off not on picking numbers if you get any thing around here pure luck the big money in flordia always never the small town Reidsville?

On 5/26/2013 01:45, ncking83 said

Congratulations to all the winners!! And good luck to all!

On 5/26/2013 12:12, Carlaj814 said

Don't spend it all in one place, Congrats

On 5/25/2013 09:51, Suertuda said

Congrats to one and all the winners do something one for someone that really need it.

On 5/25/2013 07:04, lcarthee said


On 5/25/2013 05:43, Player said

All I can say is "that's overly awesome"! Fantastic, I'm up next... Happiest and safe Memorial holiday and let's win big tonight!!! FULL MOON....

On 5/25/2013 05:09, marrly said

my turn!!!!!!!!!

On 5/25/2013 03:32, Player said

Congratulations to all who won

On 5/25/2013 02:52, Player said

Congraats to all the winners may yous spend wisely and always save some for a rainy day and god bless everyone and now it's our turn. Now!!!!:-))

On 5/25/2013 02:15, Terry said

congratulations to all the winners. Just waiting on my chance.

On 5/25/2013 02:00, Greg said

Everywhere but here

On 5/25/2013 01:44, Player said

Congratulations to all of you Lucke-winners.

On 5/25/2013 12:13, Trinity1 said

KUDOS to all

On 5/25/2013 08:34, Player said

congratulations to all winners!

On 5/25/2013 08:10, Player said

May God bless you all!!! Don't forget to pay your tides!! Enjoy you all are very lucky. To God b the glory

On 5/25/2013 08:07, Player said

I don't guess you all sell any tickets around Hillsborough because you don't see any winners around here. SAME AS ALWAYS.

On 5/25/2013 08:05, broke said

use it in good health

On 5/24/2013 10:07, Player said

God blessed all of you. Congraulations!!! I'm waiting on my blessing.

On 5/24/2013 10:01, judyp said

God Bless all of you hat wins but I wonder if the prizes are there I brought a whole roll of 5000 a week for life which is a ten dollar ticket guess what I on $10.00. The odds are not right on the scrachers. Good Luck for the winners

On 5/24/2013 09:36, Player said

congrats to winners Hope money is used wisely

On 5/24/2013 09:15, Player said

Congrats to all you guys I hope to be the one of the next one to win

On 5/24/2013 08:27, Player said

Congratulations to all the deserved it! I'm looking forward to becoming a big winner someday (sooner rather than later). God bless you all and remember to spend wisely.

On 5/24/2013 08:13, arlania said

All you winners out there stop and go and sit on the porch,because the next power ball is mine!!!!!!In the case I am dreaming you all can share your wins with me.Ask and it shalol be given,seek and you shall find.I have seeked and didn't fine,now I am asking.HA,HA,HA,

On 5/24/2013 07:06, Player said

God bless all of you. I'm so happy for you. Please put your winnings to good use. Blessings to all.

On 5/24/2013 06:33, Player said

Congrats.... To all the winners.

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