If you’ve been reading the Lucke-Zone blog and comments for any length of time, you’ve seen many a conversation about where good luck has come and where it might come next. That’s what the lottery is all about, right? And since lottery games are games of chance, it’s all a matter of random chance when it comes to who will win and where. In other words, whether you live in the biggest city or the smallest town, you have the same odds of scratching or matching for a prize as anybody else. To make a long story short, it takes a lot of luck!
So let’s take a look at who happened to have that luck this week. We’ll start in the mountains, where an Asheville woman said winning $100,000 “feels great” after she played the lottery’s Black Onyx scratch-off game. With Ivy Martin’s win, three more top prizes of $100,000 remain to be claimed in the game.
Just southeast of Charlotte in Union County, Gregory Talbert claimed the biggest prize of the week. The Monroe man matched all five numbers in the July 11 Carolina Cash 5 drawing, winning him the $260,423 jackpot.
Up the road, four prizes of $10,000 were won or claimed in the Triad area. Melvin Johnson of Greensboro won his $10,000 playing the $2,500 a Week for Life! instant game. Karen Wilson of High Point won her $10,000 in the July 16 Mega Millions drawing. A lucky Powerball ticket for Wednesday’s drawing, which has yet to be claimed was sold at the Food Lion on Lee’s Chapel Road in Greensboro. Another as-yet-unclaimed $10,000 prize was won by a Mega Millions ticket for Tuesday’s drawing which was sold at the Gibsonville Shell on N.C. 37 North in Gibsonville.
South of the Triad in Randolph County, Sophia resident Ray Hicks won $10,000 playing Cash Spectacular.
From the Triad region, we head to the Triangle area where Raleigh resident Joyce Blitch stepped forward to claim the $183,387 Carolina Cash 5 jackpot she won in the July 18 drawing. Just north of the Oak City, somebody won $10,000 in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. The lucky ticket, sold at the Hasty Mart on South Main Street in Wake Forest, has yet to be claimed. Emmanuel Tucker of Durham scratched off a sweet $25,000 on a Cherry Twist ticket. The $2 game started on July 9 and, with Emmanuel’s win, two more $25,000 top prizes remain to be claimed.
North of Durham, not far from the Virginia border, two players from Person County won big prizes. Baxter Durham Jr. of Roxboro won the $126,871 Carolina Cash 5 jackpot in the July 23 drawing. The ticket he purchased at the Berea Mini mart on U.S. 158 West in Oxford turned out to be very lucky. Durham, who is a textile engineer, found out he hit the jackpot when he called the lottery’s player hotline Wednesday morning. “It was like the ticket was glowing when I looked at it,” Durham said. “I had five lines of numbers and the last line just seemed to be lit up. It didn’t seem real at all.”
Not far from Roxboro, also in Person County, a man from the town of Timberlake won $10,000 instantly. Chad Harris scratched off the prize on a $200,000 Extreme Cash ticket.
Lottery luck came to winners in eastern North Carolina, too. It was a $100,000 Crossword ticket that spelled good luck for Sharon Price of Goldsboro. Northeast of Wayne County in Edgecombe County a lucky Carolina Cash 5 ticket sold at a store in Tarboro won the $50,000 jackpot in the July 24 drawing. That ticket, which has yet to be claimed, was sold at the Raceway on Western Boulevard.
In drawings held from July 19-25, players of Pick 3, Pick 4 and Cash 5 won more than $3.5 million in prizes. During the same time frame, Mega Millions and Powerball players in North Carolina won more than $423,000. Scratch-off winners collected more than $12.6 million, pushing the total for the week to more than $16.6 million.
Before we wrap up the wrap-up, we’d like to share two quick reminders with players. The entry deadline for the $1 million MONOPOLY drawing is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, so make sure to get your “super entries” in before then for a chance to win. Also on Sunday, a new way to play Pick 3 and Pick 4 begins. Check out the blog about “Front Pair” and “Back Pair” play for all the info.
That’s it for now. We hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend. See you next time here in the Lucke-Zone.