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NC tickets win big as ‘Power’ and ‘Mega’ jackpots grow

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With no ‘perfect ticket’ for either of the multistate jackpot drawings this weekend, the annuity estimates surged again. Mega Millions players have the chance to win $139 million ($104.8 million cash) Tuesday night. In Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, $222 million ($144.5 million cash) is up for grabs.

Four tickets sold across North Carolina, however, did win big prizes in the drawings – including three that matched four white balls and the Power Ball Saturday night. We’ll start at the coast in Pender County, where Donald Tucker of Rocky Point Power Played to win $40,000. At the lottery’s Wilmington claim center on Monday morning, Tucker said he was excited and overwhelmed to win and plans to use his winnings to pay off his mortgage. He purchased the ticket at WilcoHess #396 on U.S. 177 South in Rocky Point. A second Powerball ticket worth $40,000 in Saturday’s drawing was sold in Winston-Salem.  That ticket, which has yet to be claimed, was purchased at the Wilco #115 on University Parkway.

The third Powerball ticket was not Power Played, making it worth $10,000. It was sold at the Harris Teeter on North Cove Road in Cornelius in Mecklenburg County. Another ticket to win $10,000 matched four white balls and the Mega Ball in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing. The lucky player bought it at Sam’s Mini Mart on West Green Drive in High Point.

Finally, a note about our state’s jackpot game, Carolina Cash 5: In Rutherford County, a ticket sold in the small mountain town of Bostic hit the jackpot for $188,023 on Saturday night. That ticket was sold at the Corner Store on Bostic Sunshine Highway.

We look forward to meeting all of these lucky winners and wish all our players the best of luck in this week’s drawings.

63 Comments

On 5/06/2013 03:00, Player said

james best lucky

On 5/06/2013 03:50, Player said

a lot of big winner's to the northeast and north not in the gaston county and west area's wonder why

On 5/06/2013 04:32, Player said

hope to be lucky, soon!

On 5/06/2013 05:34, Player said

would have won today just wasn't told that I was to ask to sum it up

On 5/06/2013 07:13, Quate said

If its the lords will I will win one day soon I claim It in the name of my savior.

On 5/06/2013 07:36, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (BL3) - There are players in all 100 counties, including Gaston, playing for a chance to win. There is no advantage or disadvantage to anyone when it comes to winning the lottery; it takes a lot of luck to win no matter where you live or play - just ask anyone else here on the Lucke-Zone blog! We wish you the best of luck.

On 5/06/2013 07:40, Player said

I would sure love to win as well

On 5/07/2013 12:43, kimberly216 said

i have to laugh that the lord would will that.. not sure that is how the bible works. It does say denounce your riches and follow me. I would pass it all around to my family and close friends. that is for sure. no one deserves it more than my parents and family. they are great people who always give to others. of course i too would love to finish my degree and not have to worry about paying this or that and be able to adopt and/or foster children one day. I guess we all have our reasons, I just hope that there is good will in the hearts of those who do/have/will win. that some good comes from the money that is won. best wishes to all.

On 5/07/2013 12:53, devonjr2001 said

Claiming right now I will be the next power ball winner!

On 5/07/2013 08:06, angel said

hope to get money for a sunroom so i can sat and rock i am disable

On 5/07/2013 08:27, Player said

There are so many contests, I'm not sure where to look even if I win. I don't play Mega Millions or Powerball, just Cash 5.

On 5/07/2013 09:39, 1rock2king said

I'm getting tired of reading the same ole, same ole stuff on here! PEOPLE GET REAL!! I don't win either, but I don't complain about it! It's a game of luck, either you have it or you don't.I walked in a store yesterday and had a dollar left over for change, bought the dollar ticket 500 a week for life, scratched and won 10.00 dollars.That was luck, My friends wife was killed on 5-3-13. wrong place at the wrong time, or was it her fate? A guy ran a stop sign and hit them on the passenger side of the car, Killed her instantly.They are having her cremated. You might say what does this have to do with winning the lottery. Each day you all wake up, you don't know if you are going to win the lottery today or you don't know if you will be dead by the end of the day! So please count your blessing,you win some and you lose some!! good luck to all!! GOD bless you all too!!

On 5/07/2013 09:51, Player said

Gonna keep on trying!!! Congrats to all winners!!!

On 5/07/2013 09:56, Lucke-Zone said

@ 1R2K - So sorry to hear about the passing of your friend's wife -

On 5/07/2013 09:59, Lucke-Zone said

@ KIMBERLY216 - We respect everyone's right to their own views, including yours... we certainly don't want to get into a deep and meaningful debate about those views here in the Lucke-Zone!! Best wishes and best of luck to you and all our players :-D

On 5/07/2013 01:37, Player said

We all have the key to winning and losing we also have the right tools to accomplish whats in store for you;question, are you focus, paying attention, accepting advice, and at the right time

On 5/07/2013 02:17, bkearney220 said

Question:There was a screen you could go to and see if you won anything on Power balls,Mega Million,Cash 5.Not the big winners but like 2 of 5 correct #'s or 3 of 5,4 of 5 etc.I cannot find the screen any longer.I had 2 Mega Million tickets with 2 correct #'s on each ticket.I carried them to the Sheetz but they said they were useless.I like to be able to check my own tickets before I go to cash them in.HOW?

On 5/07/2013 02:46, Lucke-Zone said

@ BKEARNEY220 - You can still find that screen for each game on our main website (nc-educationlottery.org). Choose Powerball, Mega Millions, or Cash 5 from the "GAMES" tab, then click on the "CHECK NUMBERS" subheading, and enter your #'s ... does this help?

On 5/07/2013 04:13, mimi45 said

something is not right nobody has won in gastonia at all check it out look online and you will see no winners in gastonia am not playing any more

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

Stay tuned......treylee38 IS gonna win and my plans on how to bless many is already in place......

On 5/07/2013 05:46, bkearney220 said

No,not it.There was a screen that would tell winners if they got 2 numbers out of 5 correct they would win $1.00.(Megapliers and powerplays would be more)3 out of 5 correct would be $3.00.I did what you said above and it didn't work.

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

when u guys gonna post winners for the tech package drawing? congrats to all winners and wishes of good luck to all players

On 5/07/2013 06:31, FRANCIS said

so I did not hit the mega or powerball again. Had a blast though, wondering what if.

On 5/07/2013 07:45, Player said

my day will be soon

On 5/07/2013 08:44, Player said

Just play and have fun... It only take a dollar and a dream !!!!Have fun playing the game everyone !!!

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

I totally love the fact that Lucke-Zone takes the time to read these comments & was kind enough to express condolences @ 1R2K Thanks!Lets all pray for these girls that lost a decade out of their prime in my home (State Cleve, Ohio) Unbelievable! Now that is bad luck, that turned into good luck as of yesterday.

On 5/07/2013 11:21, Angel43 said

Just wondering is it noted with each win whether it is a quick pick or a number that the winner played regularly? Oh by the way, "Congrats" to all the winners. Hopefully this woman will be a rich woman soon. :)

On 5/07/2013 11:21, Player said

i have been playing the lottery for a long time it's time for me to win big......it's my time

On 5/08/2013 12:38, nckid said

I bet the Eastern part of the state has won 95 percent of all jackpots on all games, The Western part isn't that unlucky!! They know where there sending the big hits and its for sure not here!!!

On 5/08/2013 12:52, Player1963 said

something to do late at night enter,enter,enter ticket #s hope I win soon so VACATION comes before CARPAL TUNNEL LOL SCRATCH,TYPE,SCRATCH GO MAN GO THIS ALL-NIGHTER provides education, WINNER IN NC. SCHOOL

On 5/08/2013 03:47, beachtripp said

If you wanted to "Sum up" your ticket you could have cancelled the ticket and resumitted your #'s. That's what I have done.

On 5/08/2013 04:16, kimberly216 said

I didn't expect anyone would respond, as in a site administrator or otherwise .However, I too respect all views, and people for that matter.I hate to hear of death as it is truly unkind - (to the person who posted after me) I am sorry for that loss, for your friend, for the unexpected. I often hear it is darkest before the dawn maybe you will be lucky in a way that can help ease this time for your friend. Here is to luck in the next drawing. Any ticket you purchase could be the one, or simply the symbol of your belief that good things can happen to good people(never forget that).. either way..... Best of luck to all, for a sun room for those who are disabled or for a dream come true. :)

On 5/08/2013 08:24, Lucke-Zone said

@ FRANCIS - Having fun is what it's all about... good luck to you in tonight's Powerball drawing

On 5/08/2013 08:26, Lucke-Zone said

@ MIMI45 - Our best guess is that you've posted a comment along these lines about Gastonia probably a dozen times, and each time we do our best to provide this information to you. Not sure if you see our follow-up responses, but you can copy & paste this link into your browser for info about winners from Gastonia. Keep in mind, there are millions of people in North Carolina, and Gaston County is one of 100 counties where players are taking a chance to win. Nobody has a better or worse chance of winning the lottery than anybody else, no matter where you live or play! http://bit.ly/12fRxrX

On 5/08/2013 08:31, Lucke-Zone said

@ NCKID - What do you define as the "eastern part" of the state? If you live in the mountains, it's very possible that 90+ percent of North Carolina residents and lottery retailers are east of where you are. That doesn't mean those folks or those areas have a "better" chance of winning, nobody does... (P.S. did you see that the Cash 5 jackpot ticket mentioned in this very Lucke-Zone blog was sold in a tiny town in Rutherford County?)

On 5/08/2013 08:36, Lucke-Zone said

@ ANGEL43 - When draw game winners claim large prizes and fill out a questionnaire, often they tell us whether they bought a Quick Pick or chose their own numbers. More players (about 3 out of 4) Quick Pick their numbers. About 3 out of 4 winners are Quick Picks. Which means there's no advantage or disadvantage to Quick Pick vs. choosing your own #'s... good luck to you!

On 5/08/2013 08:38, Lucke-Zone said

@ DLORILIE - It looks like the new playslips will be available July 28... stay tuned to updates here in the Lucke-Zone, we'll be sharing more info

On 5/08/2013 08:45, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (SJ76) - The drawing you mention was held on Friday. The lottery has begun the notification process of those winners... the name of a winner can only be announced after he or she completes the claim process. For prizes of $600+, that process must be completed at one of the lottery's regional offices. This notification/claim process is why announcement of winners can sometimes take many days.

On 5/08/2013 08:48, Lucke-Zone said

@ BKEARNEY220 - OK now we understand what you mean! The good news is, from the game page for Powerball, Mega Millions or Cash 5 on our website... all you have to do is click on the little blue arrows on the right-hand side of any of the latest drawing numbers, and it will take you to another screen that explains the payout at each level.

On 5/08/2013 09:01, Player said

All I can say once a person hits be it scratch off or mega, give back. Take care of your "needs". Many of us "want" a lot of things in life. Use the money for betterment of all concerned. Get back to the basics of life. I am a disabled vet and I play when I can afford it but there is no pie in the sky. Get real. To person who commented,"i have been playing the lottery for a long time it's time for me to win big......it's my time", what comes around goes around. Stay positive and keep it moving. Holler.

On 5/08/2013 11:24, judyp said

need to have winners in Burlington including scratch tickets/ I've paleayed for 4 years and the most I've won is $25 dollars or less and its not because I don't play or scratch a lot of tickets because I do. Please sent us some of those big winner our way. Wish me lots of luck after all this time. Good luck

On 5/08/2013 11:35, Player said

No winners in Aurora to bad.

On 5/08/2013 03:49, GoodMoneyG said

Listen folks - The lotto isn't guaranteed. Just play merrily and hope to win. You do realize that the draw games like PB and MM are in 48 states????!??!??!??!? It's not like these games are local to NC only. Listen - You have to be in it to win it. No one can predict the time or place; Just put your tickets in and let the numbers roll. Best blessings to all the players, especially those playing to have a positive impact on society.

On 5/08/2013 03:58, Player said

On the 2nd chance wins? Im curious to know why is the numbers of the Pick3 or pick4,they are not recognizable until the next day? I just purchased several Mega & Powerball and Cash5 that has not even drawn yet, but it allows me to enter my ticket numbers for a reward and accepts them, My question is how is that? and It also let know B4 the drawing date I have a non-winning tickets or they are already pre-selected the winners??????

On 5/08/2013 04:12, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (SV) - Tickets for Pick 3 and Pick 4 cannot be entered for reward points until the day after they were purchased. This is because of the ability to “cancel” your ticket for each of those games. Remember that all tickets for draw games, winning and non-winning, are eligible for Lucke-Rewards points. Precisely because when the tickets are printed, nobody knows if they will win a prize or not.

On 5/08/2013 07:57, Player said

Good luck to all!

On 5/08/2013 10:03, executive said

Why is it that we can purchase as many lottery ticket we want but can only enter 30 per nite in lucky zone that not fair n whom.make that rule if I purchase em I.should be able ro.play as many as I want to

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

I am just ready to win something! Hoping for a little piece of change :) Good luck everyone...

On 5/09/2013 09:47, bkearney220 said

Thanks,Lucky Zone,I found the correct page yesterday.Out of the two tickets my husband carried to Sheetz one was actually a $12.00 winner but the clerk said "no winner"and trashed the ticket.I have never won this much so I was really disappointed.Its bad when you cannot trust the stores to be truthful but thanks bunches for the help.

On 5/09/2013 02:22, Lucke-Zone said

@ BKEARNEY220 - Sorry to hear your husband didn't have a good customer service experience at that particular store, but glad that our conversation was helpful. Would you consider giving our player customer service # a call to explain what happened at that particular store? 877-962-7529

On 5/09/2013 02:29, Lucke-Zone said

@ EXECUTIVE - First things first, thanks for being a member of the Lucke-Zone. The Lucke-Rewards program is an extra benefit that offers more chances to win at no extra cost to players like you. The 30 ticket entry per day limit is a standard practice among more than one state lottery to encourage responsible play and as a security measure for the system. Thanks for playing and entering, and good luck to you :-)

On 5/09/2013 04:20, 1rock2king said

Thanks all for the Condolences on my friends passing!

On 5/10/2013 06:35, beachtripp said

After pick 3 & 4 draws can tickets be cancelled? If not the 24 hour wait to enter these tickets doesn't make sense....

On 5/10/2013 06:46, pkeys said

I pray my time has come. Good luck to all :)

On 5/10/2013 07:09, lastrogue said

Occasionally, when I go to enter a "loser", the entry will be (Unrecognized numbers, please check ticket). well at first I got excited thinking it was a cash winner, but no.....I took one of the tickets to a automated dispenser to check it, and it also said unrecognized barcode...whats up with this?

On 5/10/2013 08:19, Lucke-Zone said

@ LASTROGUE - More than likely, the issue is that you're entering the letter "O" when it should be the number "0" ... the letter "O" is never used in the Lucke-Rewards code. Try that, and if it still doesn't work for you, please give our player customer service team a call: 877-962-7529

On 5/10/2013 08:29, Lucke-Zone said

@ BEACHTRIPP - Unlike with C5/MM/PB tickets, P3/P4 tickets can be cancelled within 15 minutes of purchase, or in the time remaining before the draw break. Because of that feature of P3/P4 tickets, the computer system will not allow them to be entered into the Lucke-Zone until the next day. Why? Because otherwise a player could potentially enter a P3/P4 ticket for Lucke-Rewards points, and then take it back to the retailer and have it cancelled.

On 5/11/2013 01:44, Bbeck said

Look at my username. 0711 my favorite numbers pick4 numbers came out Thursday the day I didn't play my numbers! What luck I have :(

On 5/12/2013 07:36, msdaisy99 said

there are many ups and downs in life, with more downs playing lottery. however that dream or reality is out there and many of us win its just that some win larger amounts that make the difference. if we win big we should share as many people are having a ruff ride money wise.

On 5/13/2013 01:06, Player said

My husband plays lottery and I feel like its the biggest waste of money 20 dollars here and there in scratch off to win maybe a free ticket or 5 dollars. Then enter all these these tickets in 2 and chance building hopes to lose again. When that money could of went towards bills

On 5/13/2013 07:14, connie said

I to have been entering these second chance drawings and nothing yet maybe one day I to will get lucky but win or lose be happy with what we all do have in life ......

On 5/13/2013 11:16, Player said

i dont know where NCKID is getting their info, but but the western part of the state is where all the BIG money has been won!!! it is also where the lucke-rewards started back in september, when we (eastern) didnt get it till FEBRUARY!!! Have continuously asked why, but get no response. completely understand lottery is a game of chance, JUST WANT IT TO BE A FAIR CHANCE!!!!! since they wont answer my questions, thought about having the news folks start digging in it for answers.

On 5/14/2013 08:28, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (BG) - We respond to questions as best we can, including a response to yours about two months ago. You can copy & paste this link into your browser to see it: http://bit.ly/15Ekhv5

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