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From west to east, $16.6 million in prizes this week

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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.

57 Comments

On 7/26/2013 06:24, Player said

It's great to hear some of the winner was in ROXBORO, Timberlake and Durham NC.Not far from where I live.Good Luck to Everyone. I hope I'm next...

On 7/26/2013 07:13, jcc409 said

ok, I'm ready for mega millions and powerball, looking for lucky 17 (again!!)

On 7/26/2013 07:48, Player said

I entered the second chance drawing and the ticket says I will be automatically entered into the 1 million dollar drawing. When I check my entries, it says that I am entered in the $10,000 monthly drawings but no entries in the super drawing. What must be done to correct this?

On 7/26/2013 07:58, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (DADBANKER) - Click on the link toward the end of this blog about the $1 million drawing entry deadline. In that blog, it explains what you have to do to get a "super entry" into that drawing - one non-winning ticket for each of the four different MONOPOLY games.

On 7/26/2013 11:06, Player said

What is going on with the Ticket Entry page of this site? When you click on the Lucke-Rewards tab it leads you to a warning of an Unsecure Site/Untrusted Connection. This has never happened to me before and I am worried about entering my ticket #'s for today. Will I miss out on the 30 entries for today because of these site-issues??

On 7/27/2013 06:32, Player said

Does anyone from Mecklenburg County ever win? Like Huntersville?? Has a huge Powerball ever been won in the South or are the big winners reserved for the North?

On 7/27/2013 09:50, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (SUNFLOWERSUE) - We've had many winners from the area you asked about. Just copy & paste this link into your browser for more info: http://bit.ly/18J066a .. Also, the Powerball jackpot has been won by lucky tickets in our part of the country many times - including THREE times here in North Carolina! :-D

On 7/27/2013 10:07, deecee50 said

I can't access the lucky rewards ticket entry due to a message stating that your security certificate has expired and the page is no longer considered a secured website, I have tried several browsers including IE and Google Chrome and each give me the same message, HELP!

On 7/27/2013 10:36, slick rick said

As quoted in the beginning,it is a game of luck

On 7/27/2013 01:48, tazman said

when is anyone or has anyone from the southern outer banks won anything

On 7/27/2013 02:23, Player said

what's wrong with the system today? it says a problem with the security certificate. I need to enter my tickets for today

On 7/27/2013 04:16, Mike said

What's wrong with the Lucke zone rewards site. I keep getting a alert that its security certificate has expired and may be a insecure site. What's the deal.

On 7/27/2013 07:11, gg said

Why can't I enter non winning ticket. Every time I click on it, it say something about a certificate problem. Other people I know can't do it either.

On 7/27/2013 07:12, hamofaguy said

I really believe lucky 20 as power ball number i feel very luckey with this one and we will see what happens at 11:00 tonight but good luck too all who played this week.

On 7/27/2013 08:17, Player said

When I click on ticket entry to enter tickets, I am getting a message that says the Security Certificate presented for this website has expired. I have retyped the web address in my browser but continue to get the same message. Is there a problem with the security certificate? I do not want to enter tickets while I am getting the error.

On 7/27/2013 10:12, Lucke-Zone said

@ EVERYONE - RE: SECURITY CERTIFICATE ISSUE - The NCEL web staff is aware of the problem, and has contacted the multistate lottery association that hosts the lottery's websites. For those members that this has been frustrating, we are sorry for that. As soon as we have more information we will pass it along.

On 7/27/2013 11:10, earl2212 said

i have gotten this message too. i reloaded the site from the beginning and clicked on lucky zone then ticket entry and it came right up but it still have the red line crossed over the http. so for all you non-winning people like me give that a try! ok

On 7/27/2013 11:27, Player said

couple of questions, how much of that $16.6 million in prizes, is break even prizes? ....and how come on the live drawings you say "win on average 2.6 million a day"?

On 7/27/2013 11:37, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (JMPME81) - #1 - Every draw game and scratch-off game is different. All of the info you need to figure out the # of potential break-even prizes for any scratch-off game is on the game's page on our website in the "How to Play and Odds" link. #2 - The lottery averaged $2.6 million a day in prizes in fiscal year 2012, which was from 7/1/11-6/30/12. Fiscal year 2013 just ended on June 30, 2013, during which time the lottery averaged $2.8 million a day in prizes. Lottery games in North Carolina work similarly to how they work in other states.

On 7/28/2013 03:54, Player said

I cannot wait to WIN!!!

On 7/28/2013 09:46, jmp said

CANT ACCESS LUCKE-REWARDS TICKET ENTRY DUE TO THIS ERROR MESSAGE... "There is a problem with this website's security certificate." The security certificate presented by this website has expired or is not yet valid. Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server. We recommend that you close this webpage and do not continue to this website. Click here to close this webpage. Continue to this website (not recommended). More information If you arrived at this page by clicking a link, check the website address in the address bar to be sure that it is the address you were expecting. When going to a website with an address such as https://example.com, try adding the 'www' to the address, https://www.example.com. For more information, see "Certificate Errors" in Internet Explorer Help.

On 7/28/2013 09:58, turbo said

I got that message and clicked on the warning that said Not recommended, it took me there. the message came up again ,I clicked on go any way . I was able to enter my tickets and drawings.

On 7/28/2013 11:06, RSmith said

Hope this "security problem" is soon solved. I'm reluctant to put in my tickets until I'm sure they are not being stolen by somebody.

On 7/28/2013 11:07, Edward Parks said

I am aware of the Lucke-Rewards problem, can you email me when the site is available?

On 7/28/2013 11:47, Player said

just bought my girlfriend a $5,000 a week for life tiket ($10) in high point and she won $1000!!

On 7/28/2013 12:40, baddcatt326 said

I had the same problem,I done the same thing Turbo did and was able to get thru.

On 7/28/2013 01:41, Player said

I do not understand what I do with the numbers under Lucke-Rewards

On 7/28/2013 02:51, slim said

I rarely here about any winners in the Fayetteville, NC area? Have there been many?

On 7/28/2013 05:18, Dreyes said

I had about 150 entries for the July 24 draw. I didn't win a thing, What a surprise!!!!!! Yea right. I was just playing the cash 5 didn't expect to win anyways. I do have an idea though why don't NCEL why not offer more smaller prizes in the draw rather than just a few winners. Example maybe deal away with a 5000 winner and give may 4 $500 and 30 $100 winners just a suggestion. Because it is really sucks to lose. At least I know more people are a bit satisfied.

On 7/28/2013 05:21, Lucke-Zone said

@ DREYES - #1 - Sorry to hear you didn't have better luck in the recent drawings; thousands of entries are made into the drawings so, while more entries give you more chances to win, having just one entry gives a player a chance to win. #2 - While some players might have your preference for a larger number of smaller prizes, if you were to survey all lottery players you'd be likely to find that those that player jackpot games enjoy playing for big jackpots.

On 7/28/2013 05:22, Lucke-Zone said

@ SLIM - You said that you rarely hear about winners in your area, but how much time do you spend looking for news & winner information in the media and on our website? Here is a link you can copy & paste into your browser; we've had lots of lucky winners in your area: http://bit.ly/13RG98F

On 7/28/2013 05:24, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (UNCLESANDYNC1) - For more info on how Lucke-Rewards work, please click on the "HELP" link at the very top-right of the screen, or call our player customer service hotline between 8am & 5:30 pm, Mon-Fri: 877-962-7529

On 7/28/2013 05:36, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (STRICKJ76) - Wow!!! $1000... That must make you a pretty popular boyfriend!!! :-D

On 7/28/2013 05:38, Lucke-Zone said

@ EVERYONE - RE: SECURITY CERTIFICATE ISSUE - There is no new information to report at this time but we expect to have an update for everyone sometime on Monday. Sorry for the annoyance and thank you for your patience!

On 7/28/2013 06:31, Player said

Any Kinston winners?

On 7/28/2013 06:32, Player said

Any Kinston winners?

On 7/28/2013 06:33, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (SHYGIRL2) - Sure, here's a link you can copy & paste for some more info :-) http://bit.ly/1ceYFLQ

On 7/28/2013 06:34, turbo said

people don't be afraid, me and the bad cat got thru ! never mind the less of you that enter the more chance that me and the cat have to win. just joking . don't be so hard on the ncel, it's prolly just a Microsoft problem.

On 7/28/2013 11:12, baddcatt326 said

Just keep trying ,you'll get thru.good luck to all!

On 7/28/2013 11:25, baddcatt326 said

Seen a sign in the store about the 50x tickets and a few others,when do they come out?I usually have pretty good luck with the x's tickets.

On 7/29/2013 12:10, Player said

Don't give up.If you are determine to win it will happen.Do you realize how many people play the second chance lottery. Everyone can't win at one time. Just CHILL OUT and it will happen.

On 7/29/2013 06:48, Player said

how can you count a break even prize as winnings

On 7/29/2013 11:56, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (JMPME81) - It's a basic aspect of gaming. You place a wager for a chance to win a prize. The odds are always that you won't win a prize, so if you win your wager back, you've no doubt won a prize. Lottery game odds have been advertised in terms of break-even prizes since the lottery started in 2006. We are not going to endlessly debate you about how the lottery works on our players' club blog; if you don't like the lottery, we wish you the best with all the other things in life that matter to you.

On 7/29/2013 03:56, Lucke-Zone said

@ BADDCATT326 - The new suite of games starts on Tuesday, Aug. 6; look for a Lucke-Zone blog preview of the new games sometime very soon!

On 7/29/2013 06:32, baddcatt326 said

Cool.Thanks!

On 7/29/2013 07:12, connie said

gl to everyone whose playing and in the second chance drawing I sure hope luck comes my way this time around

On 7/29/2013 07:42, GetRichDieTry said

The lottery is a tax on those who are bad at math. I play in a pool, it's not that I think that I can win - I don't. I don't want to be left behind if that less than 5% chance happens. Not so sure this 2nd chance system is a good idea. How many will become hopelessly addicted? Huge price to pay. State of NC doesn't care the almighty $$ that what's important

On 7/29/2013 07:46, Lucke-Zone said

@ GETRICHDIETRY - The lottery is an optional form of entertainment that people can choose or not choose to patronize. The Lucke-Rewards system is additional chances to win at no additional cost to players; we're appreciative that players and local businesses across the state have helped us raise more than $2.9 billion for education.

On 7/29/2013 08:32, Player said

answer this....if i buy a $5 scratch off and that ticket has a $5 prize, have a won anything? if i buy a $5 scratch off and it has a $10 prize, how much have i won?

On 7/29/2013 08:46, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (JMPME81) - When you place a wager on any game of chance, the odds are always more likely that you will not win a prize than that you will win a prize. If you win the value of your wager back, you have won that prize value. This is the way games of chance work anywhere you play them. If that sounds good to you - good luck. If it doesn't sound good to you, we wish you the best.

On 7/30/2013 09:36, mowalljr said

The lottery is NOT a tax. Using that logic then a Gallon of milk is a tax, or a newspaper or anything one spends money on. Here's the definition noun 1.a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc. 2.a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand. Since we are NOT REQUIRED to buy a lottery ticket then it is not a tax! As for the $5 out and $10 in, you have won $10, but only profited $5.

On 7/30/2013 04:10, Player said

to me a win is a profit. i don't know how others feel about this

On 7/31/2013 03:54, Player said

why want you put my post up in the new scratch off blog? is it because ppl agree with me about these break even prizes? I said nothing political or offensive and you still won't put it up

On 7/31/2013 04:45, Lucke-Zone said

@ JMPME81 - As you can see from all our other responses, we are not shy about publishing criticism of the lottery. You know first-hand that we will take time to respond, because we've spent hours over the past two weeks responding to your comments. With that said, this is a community and we are not going to allow for any user to endlessly argue about every single aspect of how lotteries and games of chance work. That is not what the Lucke-Zone blog is for. We publish and respond to comments here as a courtesy to players and, in that spirit, we have patiently responded to dozens of your comments. Unfortunately, we have reached a point where there is clearly no point to our time investment, because regardless of how much time we spend sharing a sincere response, you never stop. So that's it. If you decide to play, we wish you luck. If not, we wish you the best.

On 8/01/2013 07:52, mowalljr said

ABSOLUTELY one of the best responses from you, NCEL, to a writer that obviously is misinformed, wants to stir controversy when there is none and wants to irritate instead of communicate. Some think they have found some loophole and will break their own back in an effort to 'expose' what is their perception of things that are an issue when they are a non-issue. In this case your 'DIVORCE' of this one is likened to a married couple whose spouse is a nag and instigator, and that is the grounds for their DIVORCE! Rock on NCEL!!

On 8/01/2013 08:01, mowalljr said

Why are there so many different people only ID'd by "PLAYER" and not the user name required to log-on? You obviously know the user name due to using it in your responses. Why don't we see it? It is confusing to see one "player's" comment and then another "Player" with an opposing comment.

On 8/01/2013 10:14, Lucke-Zone said

@ MOWALLJR - When a user registers for a Lucke-Zone account, they have to pick a unique username, but have their choice of what screenname to pick. The default setting - as you might guess - is "PLAYER." So, the moderators are able to see which user is submitting the comments, but only their screenname shows up in the blog. It's a little bit messy, but we're working on something that might help make it easier to tell who we're responding to :-)

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