Every week people ask us about geography and lottery wins. Well, this week is a great example that id doesn't matter if you come from a place big, small or in between: Everyone has the same odds of winning.
Two players each won the biggest prize of the week - $1 million. One went to a Vietnam Veteran from the state's largest city, Charlotte. Matthew White, Jr. was comparing his Mega Millions ticket to the winning numbers in Tuesday's drawing when a coworker noticed they matched all five white balls. “Congratulations, you’re a millionaire!” the coworker said.
Our other $1 million winner this week hails from the small town of Roanoke Rapids, in Halifax County of Eastern North Carolina. For Leigh-Ann West, a tax preparer, April is often a busy month. Now that she won $1 million playing the new Millionaire 7's game, April is her lucky month, too.
Cross back to the other side of the state in Cabarrus County, and we had a $200,000 instant winner - Shital Shah of Kannapolis. She purchased the lucky $5 ticket at the C & E Food Mart on Dale Earnhardt Boulevard in Kannapolis.
Three players took home $100,000 this week. Adiran Jones of Haw River in Alamance County said he'd the prize money he won playing $120 Million Cash to invest for his future. Peggy Barbour of Bunnlevel in Harnett County won playing Mega Bucks - the first time she had ever played the lottery. Josue Molina-Duran of Fayetteville also won playing Mega Bucks. He purchased the lucky $5 ticket at Food Lion on North Reilly Road in Fayetteville.
Other winners or winning tickets this week of $10,000 or more came from the following places:
Between the $5.9 million in draw game prizes and $19.1 million in scratch-off wins, lottery players statewide won more than $25 million in prizes this week.
Until next time, have a fun and safe weekend. See you soon here in the Lucke-Zone.