Weekly winners have big dreams and big plans for the future

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We’re winding down the first full week of September with some big wins. Topping the list of winners is Shirley Pugh of Walkertown. She’ll get $50,000 a year for two decades after she won $1 million playing 50X The Cash. She plans to use the money to boost her retirement.

“I never dreamed that something like this would happen to me,” Pugh said. “It will be wonderful to have a reliable source of extra income every year.”

She bought the winning ticket at the Laxmi Food Mart on Reidsville Road in Walkertown.

Rebecca Simmons of Kings Mountain will be able to finish remodeling her home after she won $200,000 playing Powerball.

“We’ve been remodeling our home one room at a time for the last 12 years,” Simmons said. “We’re down to one room, and this will let us finish it as well as add a deck and do some landscaping.”

Her husband bought the winning Powerball ticket at the Linwood Family Mart on Linwood Road in Kings Mountain.

Timothy Bolick of Reidsville plans to take his family to the beach after he won $200,000 playing Powerball. His win came during one of the biggest weeks of his life. He turned 62, won $200,000, and celebrated the birth of a grandson. He bought the winning ticket at Week’s Grocery on Barnes Street in Reidsville.

And Julian Epps of Roxboro plans to get a new zero-turn lawn mower after he won $100,000 playing Mega Bucks. He bought the winning ticket at the Oxford Pitt Stop on Outer Loop Road in Oxford.
Here’s a look at some of the other prizes players won this week:

Two players won between $20,000 and $25,000

  • Tracey Freeman of McLeansville (Double Match)
  • Kenneth Mccrory of Youngsville (Scoop the Ca$h)

Sixteen players won $10,000:

  • Addie Shields of Fayetteville ($200,000 Taxes Paid)
  • Ashley Chavis of Laurinburg ($1,000,000 Taxes Paid)
  • Corkey Slaughter of Roxboro (Million Dollar Fever)
  • Corwin Barbee of Albemarle (Mega Fortune)
  • Heidi Vandyke of Erwin ($4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler)
  • Jeffrey Garrett of Whitakers ($4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler)
  • Joan Rose of Pikeville (50X The Cash)
  • Kelly Brown of Gastonia (Million Dollar Fever)
  • Larry Vincent of Burlington (Million Dollar Fever)
  • Margo Morrow of Southport (Million Dollar Fever)
  • Natusha Harris of Raleigh (Millionaire Bucks)
  • Scotty Decker of Newton ($4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler)
  • Thomas Beck of Siler City ($5,000,000 Mega Cash)
  • Tina Sharp of Edenton (Millionaire Bucks)
  • Veronica Reynolds of Willow Spring ($5,000,000 Mega Cash)
  • Walter Gibson of Richlands (Million Dollar Fever)

Twenty one players won $5,000. They’re from Beaufort, Burlington, Charlotte, Durham, Hamlet, Hudson, Knightdale, Madison, Mooresville, Morganton, Nashville, Roanoke Rapids, Rutherfordton, Smithfield, Spring Lake, Supply, Wilmington, and Zebulon.
Until next time, have a fun-filled weekend.




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On 9/16/2017 05:38, babs said

Never no big winner in Wilson county area , alway in the outer area why is thatLucke-Zone RepliedTickets are distributed at random across the state. This means you have an equal chance of winning no matter where you are when you buy your ticket.

On 9/15/2017 05:27, CWDavis said

what's the hold up on the second chance ultimatemillions drawing, been over A year since last drawingLucke-Zone RepliedYou are correct, we have not announced the date for the final drawing. But you can be sure we'll let everyone on Lucke-Zone know when we do.

On 9/15/2017 01:43, Player said

That would be nice been doing this for years now and never won anything either. birthday gift card great idea.

On 9/14/2017 11:49, notsolilbit said

I was logging my tickets in on the Va. lottery one day and then popped up on the screen was congratulations you just won a $25 gift card, got it on birthday and spent it on birthday. This would be a good plus for players who are complaining including myself. I guess after you have keyed so many in it gives everyone a small chance at winning something. I haven't won anything on this second chance ticket entry either. Just saying this is a good idea I think.Lucke-Zone RepliedThanks for the suggestion. We'll share it with others here at the lottery.

On 9/14/2017 05:01, Player said

i entered 3 of the 4mm diamond dazzler... 1 gave 200pts with 2 x $10 winning numbers 1 gave 50pts with no winning numbers and 1 gave 20pts with no winning numbers... just curious why so...Lucke-Zone RepliedThe number of points awarded on each ticket will vary. An eligible ticket will earn at least the same number of points as the price of the ticket. For example, a $5 scratch-off ticket will earn at least 5 points. However, sometimes tickets may earn MORE points as a bonus. We hope the random awards make it a bit more fun.

On 9/14/2017 01:58, NotSharon said

@87Superglide, maybe you could work from home ? You already do ! :)

On 9/14/2017 01:10, Player said

I have come close but never the big one.

On 9/13/2017 12:13, CantBreakEven said

LZ, why don't you be more forthcoming about the Powerball winners on your August 28th blog entry? Who won the 1 million ticket in Creedmoor? Who won the $200,000 tickets in Benson, Goldston, Marion, and Oak Island? Who won the $50,000 prizes in Durham (x2), Emerald Isle, Gibsonville, Haw River, Indian Trail, Lumberton, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem? Lucke-Zone RepliedThe lottery does media releases and posts stories on all $100,000 plus winners, including those Powerball winners you listed. You can see those stories on the lottery's News page. Here's a link. You can also see Powerball winners on the Winners' Board here. Check it out. North Carolina was lucky to have so many big Powerball winners in one drawing.

On 9/13/2017 12:11, turbo said

LZ, I'll Bee at the fair Friday. Will some of the moderators be there, or just employees from the Asheville office? Lucke-Zone RepliedHey, Turbo. Two of our marketing team members will be there. Great folks. Please introduce yourself to them. Sorry we won't be there to meet you in person. Perhaps another times.

On 9/13/2017 09:11, Player said

I would like to become a winner

On 9/13/2017 06:31, 87superglide said

Maybe I'll apply for the data analyst position that is open in Raleigh. Nah, wouldn't want to move away from paradise!

On 9/13/2017 05:56, Player said

Hi...could you tell me whom has won the jeeps so far..thanks..Lucke-Zone RepliedSheila Glover of Asheville was one of the winners. The second winner has not yet claimed the Jeep. As soon as the winner does, the name will be posted.

On 9/13/2017 03:20, marlonfranklin said

Thank GOD, I won that sky wizard.

On 9/13/2017 02:22, chocolatechip said

Thanks for the response to the scratch off question. Glad you will be combining them to one location. Any update on longer blue sleeves? Lucke-Zone RepliedHey, chocolatechip. Do you mean our player wallets? The lottery has a new version with the updated logo. It is the same size (9” wide x 4” tall). This is a standard size and is designed to hold play slips and draw tickets. Sounds like you want the wallet size to be increased to hold instant games as well. We'll share your feedback and see if that could be an option for the future.

On 9/12/2017 10:06, Player said

I have a good ideas prizes need to Be 5 and up I'm happy to win my Dollar back but come on !!!! I need all My money so I can take off work for 6-8 weeks need to have my prolapse Removed from lifted people at my Nursing home jobs !!! I love old people For life !!!

On 9/12/2017 09:50, Player said

Who are the keep winners? I have been looking but have not seen it posted??Lucke-Zone RepliedSheila Glover of Asheville was one of the winners. The second winner has not yet claimed the Jeep. As soon as the winner does, the name will be posted.

On 9/12/2017 08:37, Adysonsdad said

Hope i win something sooner or later prove my wife wrong...:) good luck everyone cant hurt to play.. Better in then out

On 9/12/2017 07:11, Player said

Congatuations to each of you winners. I hope I win too one these days.

On 9/12/2017 03:14, Player said

I didnt know if this is true, but if i won for this prizes they said, i will be happy and i can give my son and daughter a good life that i never had in my life when i was a kid. Also i can help my family in the philippines for the firstym in my life,especially my mom who brought me in this world. But ofcource i would be thankful to our father that he gave me a mission to help my family,especially my kids. And this is gonna be a awesome birthday present to me. And for sure i can put my daughter in college in 3 years from now. Bcoz im scared if i cant put my daughter that she would love togo to sch ool. Hopefully i win even once in my life. Thank u and gudluck to us. Have a blessed day

On 9/12/2017 02:37, Dernei said

XX good luck everybody

On 9/12/2017 12:37, theresa said

When is my turn will Washington NC give it to me i know it will because that's what i been praying for and i know GOD answer prayer's. First thank GOD next land and a home but you know i got to give to the church my children and help others yes come on BIG WIN

On 9/12/2017 11:55, turbo said

I know the fair was closed Monday because of weather. Will y'all be at the fair when the "gate opens" the rest od the days, or will your stand have there own set hours?Lucke-Zone RepliedWe're there. Come by and see us.

On 9/12/2017 11:44, bounser said

Good luck every/one

On 9/12/2017 09:07, Player said

I will love to win once in my life

On 9/12/2017 05:39, Player said

I see a theme going around about Big winners in the Western part of the State I stopped at a Tiny Town & talked with a worker and she said we Never get Big winners around here and I thought she was kidding but after seeing many comments about the same topic maybe there's some truth to it but NC is a Huge State to cover so I guess if you need to dare risk the crazy Hwy's w there Loop De Loops & fast speeding drivers might stop & get some Tic's,I'm disabled & I don't like driving to my Dr's apt's & I don't earn much so I don't spend much on lottery tickets but Yes I've heard the same thing but never know maybe winners will blow over that way..

On 9/12/2017 05:16, Player said

What Fun & great stories from the winners,I'd be on the phone making Dr's apt so could get my Med needs taken care of & fix many broken things from car,house & I'd love to help others to win would take such a load off my back,stress & I might find my purpose maybe goto college and follow my heart.So to you big winners that's gotta be wonderful feeling and for some a nightmare but guess it's how you handle it but Bravo wishing U all the best...

On 9/12/2017 02:14, Luckyguy said

Time to have fun lucky people

On 9/12/2017 01:31, QBAY said

When is the second chance drawing for extreme millions it says TBD for the longest can anyone help ?Lucke-Zone RepliedThe date of the second-chance drawing has not been scheduled yet. We'll share that news as soon as it is. Thanks for the interest. It will be an exciting drawing.

On 9/12/2017 01:02, Player said

I believe that it will be my turn one day and I'm waiting patiently. Congratulations to all of the winners before me. Enjoy your new life and for all of you that read the Bible and believe in God, remember to put him first in all that you do and you won't go wrong.

On 9/11/2017 10:35, hamofaguy said

Will there ever be a app to scan tickets on your home pc I hope so I don't own a smart phone ?Lucke-Zone RepliedNo plans for that at the moment. But forever is a long time.

On 9/11/2017 10:30, hamofaguy said

I mean really lucky people I wish I could win something never win anything not even 2.00 maybe my bad luck will change soon I hope!!!

On 9/11/2017 09:58, Player said

I'm happy for everyone that's won I will be glad when I win the jackpot I will help my brother out who are sick Amen thank God

On 9/11/2017 07:27, Crystal said

What store in Mooresville sold the 418,000+ cash 5 ticket?Lucke-Zone RepliedThe lucky ticket was purchased at the Harris Teeter on Argus Lane in Mooresville. That was a nice win, wasn't it. The lottery looks forward to meeting the winner.

On 9/11/2017 03:42, Ashley said


On 9/11/2017 03:27, mslisa said

To win big would be my waiting to exhale moment?? to finally exhale and just smile through it all.... a big smile at that!Lucke-Zone RepliedIt's thrilling to meet our big winners. Would love to see your big smile, too. Good luck to you.

On 9/11/2017 03:00, Player said

Me next lol

On 9/11/2017 02:43, Dalton said

Will the app ever introduce a monetary prize scanner? When is it expected? Lucke-Zone RepliedYes. Coming this fall will be a new version of the app that will provide the same kind of ticket checking function for your smartphone as you have now with the ticket checkers at retail locations. So stay tuned.

On 9/11/2017 01:43, Player said

I am next hopefully ??.

On 9/11/2017 12:27, Player said

Good luck too all winners

On 9/11/2017 11:58, Player said

I'm next to win big I feel it when I don't know but soon??????

On 9/11/2017 11:24, turbo said

Congrats Tiffany Ralph of Garner on your big $50k win. Talk about waiting to the last minute to claim a prize. Funny you have 2 first names, so does my brother in law , his name is Ralph Judy.

On 9/11/2017 09:32, Player said

I won a small amount in carolina cash 5 it was deposited immediately. I've won other amounts and they were deposited immediately. So I'm still patiently waiting for that deposit as well. It really doesn't surprise me because it took me almost a month to receive my check in the mail

On 9/11/2017 07:58, Player37149 said

How can I enter my tickets in the second chance game because it won't let meLucke-Zone RepliedCheck your ticket to confirm that it is an eligible game. Next, confirm that you are entering the correct digits from your ticket. Refer to the Find Ticket Entry Code section on the Ticket Entry page for diagrams of where to find the Entry and Ticket numbers. Then, check that all the scratch-off covering has been removed from around the Entry Number and is not causing a "0" to look like an "8," for example. If you still cannot enter the ticket, please visit the Help page and fill out a Help form or call 1-855-767-1863.

On 9/11/2017 06:27, lynn yancey said


On 9/11/2017 12:22, Anything said

I never see a section on the site to submit feedback or questions so I dump my concerns wherever I see a place for me to post. Come on guys - setup a section for general feedback so you can meet the needs of YOUR players. With that said, I am seeing more and more stores stating they have a payout limit. For example, several scenarios are: 1) You spend $300 in scratch offs and you win $400 and the store says they can only pay $100 per customer per day. Ok, you willingly accepted $300 without question but when asked to pay you put up a Store Policy. Lucke-Zone RepliedThanks for the suggestion on a site for general feedback. The lottery does have a Customer Service email that could help you. It is Some stores do not keep a lot of cash due to security concerns. You don't have to claim where you bought your ticket. Generally, you will find grocery store chains have enough cash on hand to pay up to $600 in prizes.

On 9/10/2017 11:20, Romaine said

Congrats to all WINNERS Always count your Blessings and let your cup overflow to others

On 9/10/2017 09:48, Player said

I shop at the stor in Walkertown that had the big win.Glad for the win??

On 9/10/2017 09:21, Player said

How do they contact you if you actually win second chanceLucke-Zone RepliedWinners' names and hometowns are posted on the website following the validation of the winners. Winners are notified by the NCEL or its designee via the phone number and/or email address that they provided in their accounts.

On 9/10/2017 08:22, Player said

How long will it take to close out the old 30 dollar ticket now all the prizes have been won. Also what's the problem with the new 30 dollar ticket the run is terrible not even close to the first ticket the lottery released. Not one 10 million dollar prize in almost a year and only a third of the million dollar prizes have been won. Before you get in the luck spill EVERYBODY that plays the 30 dollar tickets know the newest one just isn't paying out like the first one. How about find out what's going on with the run it's awful.Lucke-Zone RepliedUltimate Millions game is coming to a close, but remains for sale because it still has a $1 million prize that could be claimed and offers a final $1 million prize in a second-chance drawing. Sounds like your experience with Extreme Millions has not been as lucky as it was with Ultimate Millions. However, both games had similar prize payouts when the games were launched.

On 9/10/2017 06:36, Player said

4,5,14,26,73 I still do not see my small payment for getting some of those numbers right on the 8th. Still waiting. Lucke-Zone RepliedIf you won on the 8th, please expect two to three business days to get your winnings. You can learn more about how the lottery's subscription service online. Here is a link to the Help page.

On 9/10/2017 06:09, Shanda said

Yes I agree Western NC seems to always be out of the loop..

On 9/10/2017 05:24, 1936 said

I will just keep trying to win on my non-wining tickets I enter.

On 9/10/2017 04:58, chocolatechip said

Why do you not have it where you can look at all the Scratch Off tickets on this site? You have to open another window to check out what's left on Scratch Offs. Do you think it's possible you will put it on the Lucky Zone site? Thanks. Lucke-Zone RepliedYes. The lottery is working on a new website that will combine both and the Lucke-Zone and Lucke-Rewards. So stay tuned. That's coming soon.

On 9/10/2017 03:49, Player said

Congratulations to all of the winners

On 9/10/2017 03:47, Hannah said

Do another Harley Davidson scratch ticket! I hope I get lucky and win one day! Lucke-Zone RepliedThanks for the suggestion. Don't have a Harley-Davidson scratch game on the drawing boards at this time, but you never know. How about a Jeep? Our Jeep ticket is still on sale. Good luck.

On 9/10/2017 03:46, clmundy20 said

Still waiting since May for 2 chance drawing! What's going on?Lucke-Zone RepliedA $30 game is designed to last two years or longer. So expect for those second-chance drawings to be spread out over the life of the game. Thanks for your interest. As soon as a date is set for the second Extreme Millions second-chance drawing, we'll get the news out.

On 9/10/2017 09:26, Christy said

Been a long time dedicated player of the NCEL and I hope to be the one to put Candler (outskirts of Asheville) on the map one day. Im not shooting for anything huge just something I can help my dad from claiming bankrupt and put some aside for my little boy for college. I know if i keep at it im sure i will win eventually. Good luck to all you players!!

On 9/10/2017 08:23, Ricky said

I have been asking the same question over and over again for months about when this so called app will be available so scratch offs can be scanned off our phones to see if they are winners or not. Still nothing. If your I.T. guy can't do it then let the public know so we will stop looking for it. It has been nine going on ten months since the news about this app was announced. Lucke-Zone RepliedThanks for your patience. Hope you will be scanning tickets on your new app soon.

On 9/10/2017 04:06, Player said

Im waiting my turn coming

On 9/09/2017 10:15, Player said

Ok, here we go again. My small winnings have not been deposited yet. What is in there is what I deposited myself. Still waiting, and hopefully if I win something else it will be deposited as well. I'm about to lose faith again in this online playing.Lucke-Zone RepliedThese are processed as quickly as possible – usually within 2 - 3 business days.

On 9/09/2017 09:56, Player said

Phyllis Ridgill said, ?? WOW!!!!! WALKERTOWN is on the map. I know we can do it. Congratulations Ms. Shirley Pugh??

On 9/09/2017 09:54, Kenneth said

Congratulations to all this weeks winners. I dream of winning enough to payoff my house and maybe buy a new truck. I've been playing everyday for a very long time also, never any high payout winners in my area either. Maybe tomorrow.

On 9/09/2017 09:35, TripleX said

Why is taking so long for the ultimate Million second chance drawing to happen. I think it's more than two years now????Lucke-Zone RepliedIt should be scheduled soon. We will announce it as soon as the date is set.

On 9/09/2017 05:07, Player said

Congratulations to all the winners

On 9/09/2017 04:46, Player said

When is the second chance drawing going to take place for Extreme Millions? I was hoping October.Lucke-Zone RepliedNo date has been set yet. We'll announce it as soon as it is set.

On 9/09/2017 03:30, Luckymom said

Congratulations to you all. Be blessed!

On 9/09/2017 02:03, avroberts said

Congratulations all winners good luck

On 9/09/2017 12:03, CantBreakEven said

Once again, it's like Western North Carolina doesn't exist. No top prizes on any instant games west of Asheville for the entire 2017 calendar year (January 1 to present). Why should anyone in WNC bother to play for the remainder of this year?

On 9/09/2017 11:28, Player said

Ok? Where is my small payment for mega millions?

On 9/09/2017 10:48, "T" said

I've been playing for years now and yet to win anything over $30.00 on a scratch and maybe $16.00 on the Power Play. I enter all on the second chance. Still waiting for my ship to come in as they say. My motto, "Never give up as you can't win unless you play" My Husband and I both are on a fixed income being disabled and so we can't spend much to play, but we are still trying. If it's meant to be it will be. Congrats to all the winners thus far!

On 9/09/2017 09:48, Player said

Still waiting for my ship to come in. Haven't seen any Goldsboro winners. Hoping some will be distributed our way soon. Waiting !

On 9/09/2017 07:47, Player said

Congratulations to all the winners

On 9/09/2017 12:18, nessie said

Hello do you have to live in a certain area to win big? Lucke-Zone RepliedNope. Luck can happen anywhere. Tickets are distributed randomly across the state.

On 9/09/2017 12:13, nessie said

Congratulations to all.I wish I could be so lucky god is good he blesses us all.may not be big all the time but we are all blessed and should be grateful with the way things are going on all around us.But on a lighter note who is gona win the Power Ball tonight me of course be on the look out for my success story coming soon LOLLucke-Zone RepliedGood luck with that $102 million jackpot. We would love to see someone in North Carolina win that.

On 9/08/2017 11:36, COTTONTOP6364 said

why cant i win not many winners on scratch off tickets latelyLucke-Zone RepliedIt takes a lot of luck to win on a scratch-off ticket. Lottery games are games of chance. The lottery publishes the odds of all its game to help everyone see the chances they have for winning prizes. They are posted on the lottery's website, Just click on the game you would like to know more about. And odds are on how-to-play brochures at the play centers wherever lottery tickets are sold. Good luck and thank you for playing the lottery.

On 9/08/2017 09:41, Renee said

I'm patiently waiting to hopefully one day win enough just to get ahead of my hospital bills. Get a decent car to get me back and forth to work. Congratulations to all WINNER'S!!!!!

On 9/08/2017 07:36, Player said

Congratulations congratulations

On 9/08/2017 07:09, Seymorecake said

Quick question I submitted an entry for the second chance winners well it was a 20x scratch off and I received 25 points. What I want to know is why did I receive so many points for the five dollar scratch off and for the 50x scratch off I only received 10 points. What's the difference? Does that mean I'm an automated winner??? Lucke-Zone RepliedThe number of points awarded on each ticket will vary. An eligible ticket will earn at least the same number of points as the price of the ticket. For example, a $5 scratch-off ticket or a $5 Carolina Cash 5 wager on one ticket will earn at least 5 points. However, sometimes tickets may earn MORE points as a bonus. Hope not knowing how many points you will get will make it a bit more fun.

On 9/08/2017 06:40, Player said

Yay congratulations!!

On 9/08/2017 05:38, money$$$ said

What channel was it showing on day time ? Lucke-Zone RepliedThe afternoon drawings are not broadcast on TV. The videos are available to watch on the lottery's website here. them out.

On 9/08/2017 04:52, WinWin said

I am looking forward to winning one day,,, I can pay off my debt and help family!!! If it's big enough I will build a church for my father-n- laws church!!!! They rent a down town building and it needs a lot of work!!!! Until then I have my fingers crossed hoping !!!! I think it's awesome,,, it really helps so many people!!! A true blessing !!!

On 9/08/2017 03:55, Player said

Thank you NCEDLOTTERY for sending my money finally. I have renewed faith in you once again, not unless it happen again. again thank you. Lucke-Zone Replied Hi there, we are glad everything worked out! Congratulations on your winnings! :)

On 9/08/2017 03:51, money$$$ said

I think it's time for a petition to show day time number any one agrees let NCL know Lucke-Zone Replied Hi there, Money$$$. Are you referring to Pick 3 and Pick 4? The lottery takes the integrity of its draw games seriously. An independent auditor stopped the draw process before the draw could be conducted for technical difficulties with the camera at the draw studio. Once all was fixed, the draw was conducted as normal at 3:43 p.m. The Pick 3 winning numbers are 911. There are 4,389 winning tickets, totaling over $1 million in cash prizes. The winning numbers for Pick 4 are 2320. There are 289 winning tickets, totaling $121,241 in cash prizes.

On 9/08/2017 03:44, PlayerX said

Help the homeless Veterans secure housing and get the help they need and deserve for putting thier life on the line for us. Put a trust fund together for my grandchildren, travel with my husband to wherever he wants to go and bless family members with a lil "green" love.

On 9/08/2017 03:40, Player said

is there any chances for Pick 2 game in NC education lottery game? and also fire ball in Pick 3 and pick 4? Lucke-Zone Replied Hi there! Not at the moment. But the lottery is always looking for ways to keep its games fresh and fun. Thanks for this suggestion. We will pass it on to those who design our games. You might also want to check out this month's Prize Doubler promotion in the Pick 3 game. Here's more info.

On 9/08/2017 02:46, Player said

Pay some bills...

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