Powerball jackpot increased to $300 million

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Before we get to the rundown of this week’s biggest winners, we have to talk about this weekend’s biggest jackpot. The annuity estimate for Saturday’s Powerball drawing has been increased to $300 million. We’ll be watching with all our North Carolina players to see what happens.

It was just last weekend that a North Carolina Powerball ticket was one red Powerball away from winning the jackpot. That $1 million-winning ticket was purchased by Rickey Earnhardt of Charlotte. He discovered he won while shopping at the Circle K on Albemarle Road in Charlotte – the same store where he bought the winning ticket. “The clerk said someone in the store had won,” Earnhardt said. “I went straight home and checked my tickets. I couldn’t believe it then and I still can’t now.”

Earnhardt wasn’t the only big winner in the July 27 drawing. Kelly Breed of Greensboro won $10,000 on a ticket she purchased at the Stop & Save Citgo on Mount Hope Church Road in McLeansville in Guilford County. Four days later, Christopher Smith of Charlotte won $10,000 in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. He purchased his lucky ticket at the Kingsway on Market Street in Cramerton in Gaston County.

Another $10,000 prize claimed this week went to Mega Millions players Mattie and Vicente Gotay of Fuquay-Varina. Their lucky ticket was purchased at the Willow Springs Service Center on N.C. 42 East in Willow Spring in Wake County. Heading into Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, the jackpot is estimated at a $13 million annuity value, or one-time lump sum payment of $9 million.

We are still waiting to meet the winner of Monday’s $169,635 Carolina Cash 5 jackpot. The ticket - which was the only one to match all five numbers in the drawing - was sold at the Food Lion on Skibo Road in Fayetteville. The Cash 5 jackpot weighed in at $131,000 for Friday’s drawing and could be won or will grow larger before the nightly drawing on Saturday.

What about scratch-off players? Topping this week’s list is Alamance County resident Jeffrey Jordan of Graham. He won $75,000 playing Lady Bucks. Rhonda Lewis of Kannapolis scratched off $50,000 on a Bingo Mania Ticket. It was a lucky $4,000,000 Cash Blowout ticket that led to New Bern resident Isaac Koonce winning $20,000.

A “jumbo” $10,000 win went to a lucky player from the very small rural town of Merry Hill in Bertie County. Shakedia Williams won the prize playing Jumbo Bucks. Three other players of instant games claimed $10,000 each this week:

  • Carolyn Armstrong of Roanoke, Va. won playing Black Onyx 7’s.
  • Terri McCray of Greensboro “cracked the code” on a Money Vault ticket to win big.
  • Buncombe County resident Lori Parham of Leicester won playing 10X the Payout.

We’d like to share a couple reminders with players as we begin the month of August. First, with football season right around the corner, make sure to check out our blog about the unique Tailgate Package Drawing. For players who would rather use Lucke-Rewards points to enter for the chance to win cash instead of merchandise in August, the weekly Winning Wednesdays drawings are another option. The second reminder is that a new suite of multiplier-themed games start Tuesday. Be on the lookout for 5X, 10X, 20X and 50X the Cash tickets in a store near you.

Everyone have a great weekend and see you next time here in the Lucke-Zone.


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On 8/08/2013 10:04, Lucke-Zone said

@ PIRATE_2015 - Please click on the "HELP" link at the top right-hand corner of the Lucke-Zone for more info about contacting technical support or customer service.

On 8/08/2013 07:51, pirate_2015 said

I entered the weekly drawing last week,however checking the results,I did not see my entries.The points were taken out of my account.I wonder what happened?

On 8/07/2013 02:46, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (RFM6128) - Winners in Lucke-Rewards, promotional, and game-specific second-chance drawings are typically notified within 48 hours of a drawing. So, for any drawings held today, e-mail notification to those winners should happen before 5 p.m. Friday :-) Good luck!

On 8/07/2013 01:59, Player said

When will the end of July entries be notified today (Aug 7)? $25K drawing, 4 monopoly drawings, $5K (for 20) drawings? Thanks.

On 8/07/2013 08:45, Lucke-Zone said

@ UNLUCKY1 - The short answer to your question is that it depends. Please call our player customer serivce toll-free at 877-962-7529 so that they can talk it through with you :-)

On 8/07/2013 08:43, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (MGAUZE) - The NCEL encourages retailers to rotate new ticket stock into dispeners as quickly as possible, but depending on the store's level of current inventory, it sometimes takes different amounts of time. We hope that when new tickets come out you can find a store in your area that's got 'em for sale!

On 8/06/2013 08:50, Painter said

I guess all vendors have not received the 'new scratch-off Tuesdays' memo. Just thought that maybe since NCEL was promoting it so much that the retailers would try harder. Oh well. Hwy 24 Hess & Kangaroo in Cape Carteret - no new tickets.

On 8/06/2013 07:35, unlucky 1 said


On 8/06/2013 02:38, lrl said

Good luck to me tonight! Congrats to all the winners. I am happy for everyone that have won and I am waiting for my winning numbers so I can pay off home and pay off my bills and i want to help others, ie my church, my family, and my chosen select few friends.

On 8/05/2013 01:10, Lucke-Zone said

@ LUKE - The lottery withholds estimated taxes of 25% federal and 7% state on lottery wins of $5,000+ ... the after-tax prize amount can still affect a winner's tax obligation depending on his or her entire financial picture.

On 8/05/2013 01:07, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYERSEN - Just click on the "HELP" link at the very top right-hand corner of the screen. There you can see answers to frequently asked questions as well as info about how to get technical assistance or customer service.

On 8/05/2013 01:05, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (JOHNNYP62) - In a random drawing, the results are all about luck. You could have 99 entries in a drawing, and one other person could have one entry in a drawing, and that person's one entry could win - that's just an example but that's how games of chance work. You never have a guarantee of winning, just a guaranteed chance to win. Also here is a link you can copy & paste into your browser for lots of info about winners from your area:

On 8/05/2013 01:02, Lucke-Zone said

@ 1R2K - We haven't researched the # of winners in any other state, but your totals on N.C. winners are "right on the money" so to speak!

On 8/05/2013 12:47, Player said

i just want know how points do have to pick by that random computer pick i have over 10,000 and still not pick some people have been pick twice back to back drawings i think there should be something in the rules about one win a month by the same person like the radio station do. any i never seen anybody pick from reidsville , eden , yanceyville , madison what's up that yeah hear come that https ba ! ba 1 web address

On 8/05/2013 12:21, 1rock2king said

There was 49,404 winners from NC on Saturday night! from 4 numbers right on down to the powerball number! With all the states playing, there was a total of 1,807,981 winners from all states combine together! There have been only 9 Jackpot winners so far this year 2013. 2 from FL,1 FROM PA, 1 FROM TEXAS, 1 FROM VA, 1 FROM DELAWARE, 1 FROM ILL,1 FROM NJ, 1 FROM Louisiana I'm ready to be number 10. good luck all of you folks!

On 8/04/2013 11:29, PlayerSen said

Does anyone know how to contact this site? I went to enter numbers and got a security warning that their certificate wasn't genuine. Does anyone know what to do?

On 8/04/2013 09:01, luke said

if I win the 241 cash 5 tonight, what will I take home and what percent of taxes are taken out? thanks

On 8/04/2013 07:00, Lucke-Zone said

@ TRANIA71 - There are thousands of players entering for a chance to win in the Lucke-Rewards and game-specific second-chance drawings. You will always have a fair chance to win, but never a guarantee. It's just like a Powerball or Cash 5 drawing: Someone who has never played before could have one lucky ticket that turns out to be a big winner, or a winner could be someone who plays regularly. That's what "luck" is all about! Good luck to you.

On 8/04/2013 04:28, Trania71 said

hi i think something is wrong with the way i enter my second chance tickets in because i have been doing this since day one and have not won anything or could it be that i am entering it on my cell phone.

On 8/04/2013 10:43, Lucke-Zone said

@ CREEP1353 - The lottery first attempts to notify winners of Lucke-Rewards drawings by e-mail, usually within 48 hours of the drawing. If a winner does not respond to e-mail notification, we attempt to reach the winner by phone and, if that doesn't work, certified mail.

On 8/04/2013 10:41, Lucke-Zone said

@ AWEXLER - Games of chance are just that - a form of entertainment with no guarnatee of winning. So if you're facing big challenges, please remember that there are many things more important than lottery games. We wish you the very best.

On 8/04/2013 10:02, CREEP1353 said

Hey, I have ten entries in for the $2500 Winning Wednesday this past Wednesday, and was wondering how they notify the winner!

On 8/04/2013 09:28, Player said

Where is the cash

On 8/03/2013 10:36, thaiboy757 said

Good luck to me tonight!!!Congrats to all the winners.

On 8/03/2013 09:02, awexler said

I need to get out of debt so please let me or someone i now win the big lottery to help us all

On 8/03/2013 06:58, mamacatz said

Amen to playing responsibly. People have gone to prison for doing otherwise. I know this for a fact!

On 8/03/2013 05:32, Player said

I am sure that Christ jesus is going 2 bless me wit that 300 million 2nite so think you jesus

On 8/03/2013 05:13, Lucke-Zone said

@ JASON D - One thing we talk about with players all the time is to make sure to play responsibly! Good luck to you!

On 8/03/2013 05:01, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (LVGEORGE99) - Unfortunately, once you've used your points to enter a drawing, you cannot get them back. If you have more questions about the rules for Lucke-Rewards drawings, please click on the "HELP" link at the very top right-hand corner of the screen.

On 8/03/2013 02:10, Player said

Hope we win the powerball tonite. Good luck to the folks who have won!!! My lucky day is coming.

On 8/03/2013 12:31, Player said

can I withdraw from and entry, Tailgate Package Drawing - 50 Points , and get my point back. I would like to with draw from this entry

On 8/03/2013 06:05, Player said

Congrats to all the LUCKY WINNERS... Just waiting patiently for my ticket to win one of these days :) Powerball jackpot increased to $300 million

On 8/02/2013 10:50, Jason D said

Congrat's to all the winners. I've been playing harder than ever total of $500 worth of loseing tickets this week with no big winner yet. Hope I don't miss my turn!!!

On 8/02/2013 08:51, theresa said

my name is theresa and i am happy for everyone that have won and i am waiting for my big won so i can buy my land and home and pay off my bills and i want to help others .

On 8/02/2013 08:43, mb said

Glad to see all the winners.Thanks for the increase for the power ball I play 2 times a week never have been lucky enough to win anything but I keep telling myself one day my ship will come in

On 8/02/2013 07:23, earlcantin said

It is my turn

On 8/02/2013 05:30, 1rock2king said

I would be totally satisfied if I only won 5 numbers right on PB! One million, After Taxes 680,000 dollars would be GREAT!! Congrats to all you winners! My time is coming! hopefully on Friday and or Saturday night!!Good luck!! Can't wait to play the new scratch off's!!! Maybe that will be when I will win!!!

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