Triple-digit jackpots on the line this weekend

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Lottery players in North Carolina won more than $18.9 million in total prizes this week – and could win more than $300 million in this weekend’s Mega Millions and Powerball drawings. The estimated jackpot annuity values weigh in at $126 million for Mega Millions and $191 million for Powerball.

So, as we anticipate watching the drawings with you to find out if North Carolina scores its sixth multimillion dollar jackpot, let’s take a look at who won the biggest lottery prizes this week.

Vincent Wiggins of Rocky Mount tops the list with his $355,410 Cash 5 jackpot win in the April 27 drawing. Wiggins learned of his prize Wednesday night after hearing that the winning ticket had been purchased at the JMS Food Mart on East Raleigh Boulevard in Rocky Mount – the same store where he had purchased his ticket. “The guy said, ‘Someone here won $300,000 in the Cash 5,’” Wiggins recalled. “He said, ‘Go home and check your ticket.’ And I did.”

Two players scratched their way to six-figure wins. Out in Western North Carolina, a retired furniture factory worker from Caldwell County won $150,000 playing the Hot Streak instant game. Rex Williams of Granite Falls collected his winnings at lottery headquarters on Monday. “It’s going to be a weight off of our shoulders,” he said. “This feels great. I’m going straight to the bank.”

Close to I-95 in Harnett County, Tina Hilliard’s $100,000 win came on the Mega Bucks ticket she bought at the Kangaroo Express on Erwin Road in Dunn. “I didn’t think it was real,” the Angier resident said about the moment she scratched off the game’s top prize.

Many more players won and/or claimed prizes of $10,000 or more this week, including back-to-back Cash 5 jackpots on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Juanita Styles of Wake Forest won the $95,497 jackpot in the April 30 Carolina Cash 5 drawing. She purchased the winning ticket at the North Hills East Harris Teeter on St. Albans Drive in Raleigh. The next night, Kenneth Pruett of Stanley won the $50,000 jackpot for the May 1 drawing. He bought his lucky ticket at the Stanley Convenience Store on North Main Street in Stanley.

Two more $50,000 winners scratched off their prizes instantly. Lonzell McRae of West End in Moore County won playing Junior Big Ol’ Bucks. The other winner, Robert Palmer of High Point, won on a Red Hot Crossword ticket.

Two winning tickets for recent drawings – sold at different stores on Little Rock Road in Charlotte – have yet to be claimed. A $3 Power Play ticket worth $40,000 in the May 1 drawing was sold at Times Turn Around #31 and a $10,000-winning Mega Millions ticket for the April 26 drawing was sold at the Little Rock Food Mart.

The winner of $10,000 in the April 13 Powerball drawing claimed her prize money this week. Jean Tabor of Mooresville purchased her winning ticket at Fast Phil’s on Brawley School Road in Mooresville. About 30 miles north, just off I-77, Jacqueline Sharpe of the small town of Olin scratched off $10,000 on a MONOPOLY instant ticket. Three other players this week claimed $10,000 MONOPOLY prizes: Dexter Devone of Clinton (Duplin County), Michael Jones of Sanford (Lee County), and Alphonso David of Hamlet (Richmond County).

Three more instant game players round out the biggest wins of the week. Cassie Glover of New London in Stanly County won $20,000 playing $4,000,000 Gold Bullion. Salvador Garcia of Lumberton scratched off $10,000 playing Cash Spectacular. Last but not least, James Wynn of Windsor in Bertie County won $30,000 playing the Lucky Green game.

That about does it for this week’s big winner wrap-up. We hope everyone has a fun, safe – and maybe even lucky! – weekend. See you next time here in the Lucke-Zone.


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On 5/09/2013 02:30, Lucke-Zone said

@ IRGENDWO - You are correct. Once a lottery ticket is sold to a player, it's totally his or her responsibility to keep track of it and find out if it's a winner! We invest a lot of time and energy online and off to remind folks to check and sign their tickets... we love meeting winners!

On 5/09/2013 02:26, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (R01) - Something we talk about with players all the time... is that money spent on games of chance like lottery tickets... should always be money you have left over after the important things, like bills, are taken care of. The lottery can be fun, but there are so many more important things in life!

On 5/09/2013 09:45, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (R01) - All of the lottery's practices are reviewed by auditors. In fact, the lottery has won awards for its clear financial reporting. We talk with players all the time about how much luck it takes to win, there's nothing unusual about the way games of chance work, in terms of how many people win big prizes compared to those who don't... :-)

On 5/09/2013 02:28, Player said

All these people complaining about how the lottery is rigged. They don't win.etc. well stop wasting you money on the mess and pay bills. You should know anything ran by the government is always a little fishy.

On 5/09/2013 02:15, Player said

I spend 20 dollars in scratch off I'm lucky to win a free ticket. I had 14 entries in one 2nd chance drawing and still lost I just think money is better spent on bills then gambling

On 5/08/2013 11:51, TRAVIS Silver said

Good luck to all

On 5/08/2013 07:48, irgendwo said

How many HUNDREDS of Tickets that are purchased and Winners are not redeemed? I will bet that it is quite a Number. Am I right?

On 5/08/2013 04:09, Lucke-Zone said

@ MIMI45 - Lucke-Rewards drawings are random, and there are players all across North Carolina entering for a chance to win. If you copy & paste this link into your browser, you will see responses going back to last summer where we have tried to respond to your question about winners in Gastonia:

On 5/08/2013 02:39, mimi45 said

since the online games have started no won has won any prizes here in gastonia people are playing but there are no winners at all in gastonia who is picking the tickets

On 5/08/2013 08:50, Lucke-Zone said

@ CACPLAYER - For a $1 lottery game, there are 300 tickets on a roll.

On 5/08/2013 08:33, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (JP62) - North Carolina law doesn't allow for the lottery to divide up the state into drawing zones. Also, the reason players have a chance to win large cash prizes in a lottery drawing is because so many players are in it for a chance to win. If the state was divided up into regions for drawings, the regions with big cities would have much larger pots to play for than the ones with smaller cities. Each entry in a drawing has the same chance to win no matter what part of the state it comes from :-)

On 5/08/2013 12:06, Player said

hey luck zone have you ever thought about spliting the sate up in 5 drawnings zone. so that more people can win in the 2 nd chance drawings. and pick one from each zone so that the same people don't back to back drawings and wouldn't be so much winning in the bigger city. congrats to all winner so far.

On 5/07/2013 09:40, Player said

good luck to everyone, plus a big good luck to myself!!!!!

On 5/07/2013 09:07, Piper said

Well between playing power ball as often as I can along with the Publishers Clearing House that I play maybe my luck will pay off big soon. Just a matter of time.

On 5/07/2013 05:08, Player said

i have a question on the $ 1.oo ticket can you buy the whole pack of tickets,how many is in a stack,our group of people would like to know? thanks.cacplayer.

On 5/07/2013 10:06, Lucke-Zone said

@ JAMESBUTLER9047 - it depends how you want to distribute your $5 purchase. If you want to play the same number five times for the same draw, you should be able to fill out all five panels on the play slip; if you want to play multiple numbers or multiple draws, that can definitely be done on one ticket. For more info/assistance, just give our player customer service # a call: 877-962-7529

On 5/07/2013 07:29, chris said

Hey everybody we have a bunch of drawings this week[ wed.] with the first drawings of the new monopoly game along with the regular wed drawing, good luck everyone!

On 5/06/2013 10:03, Player said

Congrats to other winners! I'm waiting for # 3

On 5/06/2013 02:40, Lucke-Zone said

@ MSDAISY99 - Not sure which store you visited or what the case looked like exactly. But the lottery will be introducing different types of cases that display the games more clearly using cards in the front of the dispensers instead of displaying the tickets themselves. We understand everyone likes to play their own way. Clerks will still be able to communicate with players about what number ticket is next on the roll :-)

On 5/06/2013 01:24, Lucke-Zone said

@ SALIM2300 - If you read the Lucke-Zone blog regularly, or visit the "NEWS" and "WINNERS" tabs on our website, you will see that there have been many lucky winners from the Piedmont/Triad area. This blog entry just refers to big winners this week, its all a matter of random luck.

On 5/06/2013 01:15, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (B) - For games that have specific second-chance drawings, like MONOPOLY, it is true that the second-chance prize money is built into the game the same as the other prizes are. But the estimated odds of winning are no different than advertised. Instant scratch-off games in North Carolina pay out at a higher average rate than they did when the lottery started. Good luck to you! :-)

On 5/06/2013 01:13, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (RC) - We've responded to your comments about winners in the Hillsborough/Orange County area several times over the past several months. Folks where you live have the same chance of winning as folks anywhere else. You just have to keep in mind that there are millions of people and thousands of stores in North Carolina where good luck could come. The lottery doesn't choose areas where winning tickets are sold, its purely a matter of the odds of winning playing out over and over again.

On 5/05/2013 09:43, Player said

Nothing beats a failure like a try.You got to play to win.I will keep playing praying to win .

On 5/05/2013 09:15, Player said


On 5/05/2013 05:15, Player said

pray for mw. I really need it. Thanks be to God, AMEN

On 5/04/2013 11:05, Player&&&mike said

Hope to win big.just signed up wish me luck$$$$$$$$$.

On 5/04/2013 10:45, msdaisy99 said

recently stopped atlocal service station to purchase instant scratch off tickets, being a frequent long time player i was surprised too see new case for tickets which you customer can turn to see various tickets but service worker cannot tell you number on ticket and customer can not see how many remain in roll. know many people who play lotto and like to feel they have a little contol picking a number or one in reasonable area of their guessing. hopefully this is only an experiment by lottery officals but i see it as a poor decison. if other players feel the same please express your views on line at least on this blog. thanks. know i will buy no more tickets at this site with new glass case.

On 5/04/2013 10:01, Player said

I claimed it already, but good luck to all including myself.

On 5/04/2013 08:32, Player said

I hope I win and I hope everyone else wins, too!!!! Good luck to us all!!! Cause I need a car and a house, too!!!!

On 5/04/2013 08:21, Player said

hi hope i can help other people.

On 5/04/2013 08:06, Player&&&mike said

Hope to win big.just signed up wish me luck$$$$$$$$$.

On 5/04/2013 07:50, etg said

thank u !!

On 5/04/2013 06:21, Player said

this is my first time and if I win it will be my last time, Ha Ha Ha

On 5/04/2013 06:06, Player said

Well all the top payouts go somewhere else. It is a lot of tickets sold in Hillsborough but I have not seen one top prize paid out yet. That shows you do not put the winners around here.

On 5/04/2013 05:18, Player said


On 5/04/2013 05:11, barfield said

I need to win ,I got to win, I want to win. win win win

On 5/04/2013 05:01, Lucke-Zone said

@ MS JANICE - Once you've entered a non-winning scratch-off ticket here for Lucke-Rewards points and any second chance drawing it is associated with, you don't need to keep the physical ticket in order to be eligible to win/claim a prize :-)

On 5/04/2013 04:20, Player said

This is going to be mine

On 5/04/2013 03:42, Player said

I pray to GOD that it me this week

On 5/04/2013 03:32, Ms Janice said

Do I have to keep my non winning scratch off ticket for the second chance drawings on I enter the numbers in?

On 5/04/2013 03:29, flong said


On 5/04/2013 02:33, Yungtoon said

1 in a billion chance but why not try

On 5/04/2013 12:51, Skins&Heels said

Wish me luck 3xs too! Congrats to the winners.

On 5/04/2013 11:49, Pooh said

Wishing everyone good luck....I know i need some good luck

On 5/04/2013 11:38, Player said

I got my ticket!!! I dont even want all of it I just want enough to start my life over and a better beganing for my kids!!!!!

On 5/04/2013 11:22, BigBucks said

I wish everyone luck playing the N.C. Education Lottery especially ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On 5/04/2013 09:38, Martina said

Good luck to you and to every one.

On 5/04/2013 09:37, Writerman said


On 5/04/2013 09:10, joywemet said

good luck to you

On 5/04/2013 08:37, 3g said


On 5/04/2013 08:15, niterider said

I need a vehicle - need to WIN!!!

On 5/04/2013 05:41, Jamesbutler9047 said

Why can't I play one Pick-4 ticket for $5.00, instead of having to get 5 $1.00 tickets. You're wasting money on paper, and my time. I've played in other states, and all I had to tell the retailer was, I want 8211 for $5.00, and get 0ne ticket.

On 5/04/2013 01:05, Player said


On 5/04/2013 12:34, Elwell said

I will be VERY happy if something like this would happen to me. I'm still waiting for it to HAPPEN!!!!

On 5/03/2013 11:44, Player said

Congrats!! To all the deserving winners.

On 5/03/2013 11:17, vfortune1989 said

Wish me luck!!!

On 5/03/2013 10:54, anniversary cash said

iwish i could win something i can't win $20.00

On 5/03/2013 10:04, Player said

congratulations to all the winners

On 5/03/2013 09:31, doray said

Still waiting to win for big jackpot!

On 5/03/2013 09:06, Player said

This is my lucky week

On 5/03/2013 08:59, Player said

when I win I'll shear some of it with other so they two can feel what I am feel. Yall keep on trying do not give up and don't over do it. be care out their..

On 5/03/2013 08:48, mrsturtleracer said

It's Time for me to be a LUCKY WINNER! Please WISH me the BEST of LUCK!!!!!!

On 5/03/2013 07:18, turnaround said

got the feeling

On 5/03/2013 06:26, salim2300 said

Why everybody win except me, why no one ever win big in piedmont Triad area.

On 5/03/2013 06:02, Player said

wish us luck tooo.

On 5/03/2013 03:59, PLAYER said

Wish me luck!

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