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Three $1 million prizes are largest of the week

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We’re less than a week from the official start of summer.  But North Carolina is already heating up and last week the big wins were stacking up. From June 7-13, players scratched and matched their way to more than $20.4 million in prizes, including three $1 million wins.

Katie Wheless, a waitress from Bunn in Franklin County, “landed” on her $1 million prize playing MONOPOLY. After her shift at work ended, she bought two $10 MONOPOLY tickets. “I won $15 on the first ticket and was feeling pretty good,” Wheless said. “I scratched off the second one and I couldn’t believe it. I looked at it over and over.”

Carl Boyd, a grain farmer from Roxboro in Person County, won his $1 million playing the Ruby Red 7’s game. “I had just gotten done moving some hay with a friend,” Boyd said as he claimed his winnings at lottery headquarters. “I scratched off a black seven and saw it was a million dollar prize. I was out of breath. It still hasn’t hit me entirely. It doesn’t seem real.”

A Triad family is sharing the $1 million Powerball prize won by a ticket for the May 25 drawing. The prize was divided among four members of the Murray family. Robert and Annie Murray, a couple from Greensboro, received $350,000 apiece. Their daughter Nichelle and son Rodney received $150,000 apiece.

Here are the stories of five more big winners:

Glenn Mace, a fireman and lifelong resident of Gastonia, is among the biggest Carolina Cash 5 jackpot winners in N.C. Education Lottery history. The $1 ticket he bought at Mountain Stop on Archie Whitesides Road in Gastonia matched all five numbers in Thursday’s drawing to win the $611,447 jackpot.

Phillip Hicks of Pittsboro is the first player to win the top prize playing the lottery’s $200,000 Extreme Cash game. Three top prizes of $200,000 remain to be claimed.

Clayton B. Cameron, Jr., a retired animal control officer from Southport in Brunswick County, had a taste for home cooking and lottery tickets, and his indulgence quickly paid off with a $100,000 win in the MONOPOLY scratch-off game.

Amanda Williams, a paralegal studies student from Granite Falls in Caldwell County, decided to stop by a convenience store for water on a hot day – and won a cool $100,000. Her husband, Eric, and their two children were heading home after a weekend camping trip when the family decided to stop for refreshment at the Market Basket convenience store on N.C. 268 West in Wilkesboro. Amanda bought water and two Mega Bucks tickets. Eric scratched off the lucky ticket just as Amanda was driving away from the store. “He just yelled at me and screamed,” recalled Amanda. “His face went white, my face went white, and we just high fived. Everybody was screaming.”

Esther Hall, a home healthcare professional from Salisbury, won a $50,000 prize and a new 2013 Toyota Tundra in the June 3 Carolina Cash 5 Bonus Bucks drawing. “I was surprised when I checked my ticket and saw I had won,” Hall said. “It felt good. I may drive the truck, but my son will probably drive it more. We can certainly use it, and the money will help me save for the future.” The next Bonus Bucks drawing is scheduled for July 24 and the entry deadline is July 17.

Seven players claimed instant scratch-off wins of $10,000 to $30,000:

  • James Coleman of Jacksonville won $30,000 playing Double Match
  • Elise Thomas of Mount Gilead won $20,000 playing $4,000,000 Gold Bullion
  • Thomas Carney of Beaufort won $10,000 playing 10X The Payout
  • Phillip Eckels of Kannapolis won $10,000 playing Hot Streak
  • Danny Haynes of Kings Mountain won $10,000 playing $5,000 a Week for Life!
  • Dwight Hicks of Greensboro won $10,000 playing Maximum Green
  • Betsy Olive of New Hill won $10,000 playing $5,000 a Week for Life!

Three tickets won $10,000 in drawings held over the weekend. A Mega Millions ticket worth $10,000 was sold at the On the Run store on Copperfield Boulevard in Concord (Cabarrus County). Powerball tickets worth $10,000 each were sold at the Kangaroo Express on Fairview Road in Charlotte and at Andy’s Mart on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro.

Thanks for reading the Lucke-Zone Blog, congratulations to the winners and best of luck to everyone!

34 Comments

On 6/17/2013 03:31, Player said

Am very happy for those winners.They was very bless.

On 6/17/2013 03:55, mimi45 said

thank God along time comimg second cash 5-winner hope yet for a big on line winner

On 6/17/2013 05:17, mamacatz said

what happens to the unclaimed cash 5 money?

On 6/17/2013 05:56, Player said

Congrats to all the winners!

On 6/17/2013 06:36, Player said

Congratulations to all the winners! I'll keep on playing until my turn comes around.

On 6/17/2013 06:47, Player said

Congratulations to each of you....spend wisely! I truly wish each every player in NC could experience such a joyous feeling at some point their lives!

On 6/17/2013 08:22, Player said

I am having trouble trying to entry the luck-rewards codes.

On 6/17/2013 08:25, stubz said

May i get a winning ticket please.

On 6/17/2013 09:42, Player said

Congratulations to all who won. A request to donate some percentage of your prizes to any kind of charity, too many people are struggling.

On 6/17/2013 10:17, Player said

It is my season to win big

On 6/18/2013 12:35, livingbyfaith said

Thank God for your blessing. May your heart bless someone else. Congratulations!!!

On 6/18/2013 12:57, mreid said

How many players are signed up for Lucky Rewards?

On 6/18/2013 01:12, mychild2 said

please help me get this for my sick child

On 6/18/2013 07:39, Player said

Congrats Winner's waiting patiently on my big day !!!

On 6/18/2013 07:51, Player said

Congratulations to all of you and be a blessing to someone else.

On 6/18/2013 08:15, Player said

good things come to good people-God bless them all.

On 6/18/2013 08:56, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (SW) - For assistance with entering Lucke-Rewards codes, please give a call to our technical customer service support toll-free, they will be glad to assist you: 1-800-201-0108

On 6/18/2013 08:58, Lucke-Zone said

@ MAMACATZ - When prize money is unclaimed past the claim deadline, half of it goes back into the prize pool for winners to have the chance to play for in future games, the other half benefits education programs as directed by state law.

On 6/18/2013 09:02, Lucke-Zone said

@ MREID - As of June 16, about 225,000 Lucke-Zone members were active in the Lucke-Rewards program.

On 6/18/2013 11:36, Player said

I'm using a tablet. I check my lucke zone every day.Will the lucke zone contact me by email if I won.Or will they call me on the phone. I have not won yet.I hope one day I will check my tablet and I will be a winner.I want to congats to all the winner.God Bless you all

On 6/18/2013 12:38, marybaby said

i have a ticket that said i won 4.00 it says online ticket validation that was april 16 2013 i dont really understand this lucky rewards lottery i put in over hundred tickeys i guess it a million to one to win thank you

On 6/18/2013 01:37, Lucke-Zone said

@ MARYBABY - Please give our customer service team a call, they can talk about Lucke-Rewards with you: 1-800-201-0108

On 6/18/2013 01:40, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (BJK) - That's one of the top questions we get on the Lucke-Zone blog. The lottery attempts to reach drawing winners within 48 hours of the drawing - at the e-mail address associated with their Lucke-Zone account. If we don't hear back, then we attempt to reach them by telephone and, finally, certified mail. THEN the winner must complete the claim process. We can only announce a winner's name once this is done, which as you can tell can sometimes take days or weeks.

On 6/18/2013 03:00, Player said

I JUST HOPE TO BE A WINNER SOON SO I CAN HELP MY FAMILY BOTH PARENTS ARE DEAD JUST NEED BLESSING HELP BROTHERS SISTERS AND KIDS OUT SOME OH MYSELF

On 6/18/2013 03:26, Player said

Is there a page or link that I can see the winners from Graham/Burlington area (Lucke zone winners.)I haven't seen any under winners.

On 6/18/2013 04:04, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (C1) - You can review the results/winners of each drawing, but there is no page where all the results are summarized. Good luck to you!

On 6/18/2013 09:35, JINXED4EVER said

how are drawings done in the lucke zone? by computer or balls dropping

On 6/18/2013 10:36, Lucke-Zone said

@ JINXED - Lucke-Rewards drawings are conducted using a random number generator. Always under the supervision of an auditor, according to specific security procedures. Good luck!

On 6/20/2013 09:33, Player said

Congrats to all the winners! You have been blessed by the best!

On 6/22/2013 10:08, Player said

Could a lucke-zone player win more then once.Or are they only allowed to win one time.

On 6/22/2013 10:56, Player said

Celebrate Celebrate Celebrate$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

On 6/22/2013 05:04, irgendwo said

please explain: just exactly how does this random number generator work? I am sure that other Lucky Zone members would like to see this clarification also. Thank you for considering an answer to this question!

On 6/24/2013 02:51, Lucke-Zone said

@ IRGENDWO - Well, without getting the entire list of procedures from the drawing & security staff. The essence of a random number generator is that it is a program that it generates numbers at random. All of the entries made into a Lucke-Rewards drawing are assigned a number. That range of numbers is fed into the random number generator, which generates however many random numbers need to be generated to award the prizes for the given drawing. Then, those winning entry numbers are matched back up with who made them, and the winners are notified :-) All of this is always done according to specific procedures under the supervision of an auditor.

On 6/24/2013 02:55, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (BJ) - A Lucke-Zone member may win in more than one drawing, but only a maximum of once per drawing.

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