Lottery players in North Carolina didn’t wait to start winning big in July. Since Thursday, June 27, players statewide won more than $18.9 million in prizes.
Of the $13.8 million awarded to winners of instant scratch-off games, a Union County man’s $100,000 MONOPOLY prize was the biggest. Kenneth Massey Jr., a resident of Monroe, said he’ll use his winnings to save for his daughter’s education. “I started scratching and I saw the money bags,” he said. “I started hollering and dancing when I realized I had won. You always wish something like this will happen, but you can’t believe it when it does. It comes from out of nowhere.”
Three more instant scratch-off players won big prizes this week. James Matthews of Henderson in Vance County won $10,000 playing 20X the Money. A player from Garner in Wake County, Erika Walker, scratched off $20,000 on a $4,000,000 Cash Blowout ticket. And it was a lucky Lady Bucks ticket that won $75,000 for Sequoia Heath of Tarboro in Edgecombe County.
But what about draw game players? In all, folks won more than $5 million in draw game prizes since last week’s wrap-up.
We’re still waiting to meet the winners of two Carolina Cash 5 jackpots that were hit in recent drawings. A ticket sold at the Grocery boy Jr. on West Garner Road in Garner in Wake County won the $224,632 jackpot on July 1. Two days later, a ticket sold at the Circle K on N.C. 49 South in Harrisburg in Cabarrus County won the $74,975 jackpot on July 3.
A lucky North Carolina Powerball player Power Played to $40,000 in the June 29 drawing. The $3 ticket matched four white balls and the red Powerball to win the prize. It was sold at the appropriately-named Winners Food Mart on North Madison Boulevard in Roxboro in Person County.
Heading into the weekend, the Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s drawing stands at $70 million if taken as an annuity or $41 million if taken as a one-time cash payment.
The other multi-state jackpot North Carolina players have the chance to win this weekend is Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot. Before the drawing, the jackpot weighed in at $79 million if taken as an annuity or $55.3 million if taken as a one-time cash payment.
A North Carolina Mega Millions player matched four white balls and the gold Mega Ball in Tuesday’s drawing to win $10,000. That ticket was sold at the Sheetz on South Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg in Franklin County.
We hope everyone had a happy 4th of July holiday and has a wonderful weekend. See you next time here in the Lucke-Zone.