Two multi-million dollar instant scratch-off prizes, the third largest jackpot in Powerball history, a $1 million second-chance prize, a big Carolina Pick 3 drawing and a $672,830 Cash 5 jackpot all added up to more than $30.5 million in prizes paid out to players in North Carolina this week.
The luckiest player of the week award would have to go to Dan Royal, a carpenter from Forest City. After winning $750,000 playing Jumbo Bucks 18 months ago, he returned this week to win the top prize in the $5,000 a Week for Life! game. Before taxes, he received a guaranteed prize of $5.2 million.
No one has a better fishing story than Will Critzer of Sims. He thought he was lucky Monday when he caught five bass before work, but the biggest catch of the day turned out to be a $4 million lottery win in the $4,000,000 Gold Bullion game.
Thursday's big Carolina Cash 5 jackpot brought two $336,415 winning tickets. The first winner came in on Friday morning. Rockingham County's Phillip Hagerman said he plans to pay off mortgage with his prize money.
The MONOPOLY suite of games was good luck for two players this week. First, Clarence Dowless of Holly Springs plans to use the $1 million prize he won in the MONOPOLY Super Entry second chance drawing to start his own car restoration business. Dowless will receive an annuity payment of $50,000 for the next 20 years. He received his first payment, worth $34,006 after state and federal taxes, on Monday.
David Redding Sr. of Midway Park is the most recent player to win the $100,000 top prize playing the lottery's $5 MONOPOLY scratch-off game.
Triple digits paid off in a big way for Carolina Pick 3 players in the Wednesday, Aug. 7 evening drawing. The 6-6-6 combination resulted in a prize payout of more than $1.3 million. It was the fourth time since the game’s inception that the 6-6-6 combination came up in a Pick 3 drawing.
This week's instant scratch-off winners:
Elizabeth Cox of Parkton won $50,000 playing Junior Big Ol’ Bucks.
Jimmie Miller of Shannon, Georgia won $50,000 playing Junior Big Ol’ Bucks.
Eddie Jacobs of Red Springs won $10,000 playing Diamond 7’s.
Cadey Martinez of Charlotte won $10,000 playing $5,000 a Week for Life!
Aileen Patterson of Morganton won $10,000 playing 20X The Cash.
Grady Sanders of Shelby won $10,000 playing 10X The Payout.
Lavern Sharpe of Kings Mountain won $10,000 playing $2,500 a Week for Life!
That's all for this week. We hope that everyone has a safe and lucky weekend.