Besides Powerball Jackpot, Players Win $32M Statewide; Interest in Jackpot Generates $16.6M for Eduaction

Published Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9:42 am

Feb. 16, 2015. The biggest lottery win in North Carolina history was one of the most talked-about news stories of the week. But, besides the $188 million Powerball ticket sold in Shallotte, players across the state scratched and matched their way to more than $32 million in prizes this week, including four seven-figure wins.

A Raleigh man became the latest player to scratch off $4 million playing the $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular game. “It’s life-changing, I’m sure,” Reginald Miller said. “It’s basically going to fund my retirement.” Miller bought the lucky ticket at the JC Mart on Louisburg Road in Raleigh. {Read More}

Two $1 million wins came when Powerball tickets sold in the Triangle and Triad matched all five white balls in Wednesday’sPowerball drawing. The tickets, which beat odds of 1 in 5.1 million to win, were sold at the Quality Mart on Beryl Road in Raleigh and at the Food Lion on East Market Street in Greensboro. Neither prize has been claimed. Winners have 180 days from the date of a drawing to collect their winnings. {Read More}

A third $1 million prize belongs to is Kelly Gainey, a carpenter from Salisbury. He said he’d use the prize money he won playing the Millionaire 7’s game to buy a home, a truck and to travel across the United States. “I’ve been almost everywhere in the country,” Gainey said. “Now that I have the money, I’m going to Hawaii, Alaska, Utah and Montana. And I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.” {Read More}

North Carolina’s jackpot game, Carolina Cash 5, made a machinist from Trinity $168,259 richer. Douglas Beasley was at home drinking a cup of coffee when he saw his numbers appear on WGHP’s morning news broadcast. “I guess it was just my lucky day,” Beasley said. “I’m going to pay off some bills and take a nice long fishing trip on the coast. It feels pretty amazing.” {Read More}

Eight Powerball players claimed prizes of $10,000 to $50,000, four of which came in Wednesday’s drawing. According to most recent draw date, those winners are:

Hometown                      Winner                                Prize Won                        Drawing Date

Ayden                            Kelly Webber                   $30,000                          Feb. 11, 2015

Bessemer City               Michael Scruggs              $30,000                          Feb. 11, 2015

Garner                           Levi Martin                      $10,000                          Feb. 11, 2015

Lancaster, SC                Liza Adams                      $10,000                          Feb. 11, 2015

Clemmons                      Wayne Westerman          $50,000                          Feb. 7, 2015

Wilmington                     William Duncan                $10,000                          Feb. 7, 2015

Mooresville                    Everett Lederer                $10,000                          Feb. 4, 2015

Waxhaw                         Larry Almond                   $10,000                          Jan. 31, 2015

Twenty-three instant prizes of $10,000 to $50,000 were claimed by winners. They are:

Hometown                      Winner                                Prize Won                        Game Played

Castalia                         Sandra Alston                  $10,000                          $120 Million Cash

Charlotte                        Jose Sanchez                  $10,000                          $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular

China Grove                   Anita Corriher                  $10,000                          Millionaire 7’s

Concord                         Christopher Love             $50,000                          50X the Cash

Concord                         Lida Wagner                    $10,000                          $200 Million Blowout

Durham                          Htet Naing                       $10,000                          $5,000 a Week for Life!

Durham                          Charles Clark                  $10,000                          50X the Cash

Greensboro                    Carlos Villatoro                $10,000                          $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular

Greensboro                    Tamela Covington            $10,000                          5X the Cash

Hickory                          Thomas Townsend          $10,000                          50X the Cash

Mocksville                      Ginger Hileman                $10,000                          $5,000 a Week for Life!

Morganton                      Susan Mull                      $10,000                          $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular

Mount Holly                    Deborah Johnston

and Theodore Johnston    $20,000                          $1,000,000 Jackpot

Raleigh                          Isam Ikhreishi                  $10,000                          Break the Bank

Rocky Point                   Donna Hewett                  $20,000                          $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular

Stem                              Ronald Lawrence             $20,000                          $1,000,000 Jackpot

Summerfield                   Randy Lowe                     $25,000                          $200,000 Gold Rush

Tifton, Ga.                      John Hille                        $10,000                          $2,500 a Week for Life!

Wake Forest                  Stewart Ravitz                 $10,000                          Jumbo Bucks

Wilson                           Carolena Sherrod             $50,000                          Junior Big Ol’ Bucks

Wilson                           Gene Woods                    $10,000                          $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular

Winston-Salem               Karen Neadle                   $30,000                          $30,000 Payday!

Winston-Salem               Obdulia Beiza                  $20,000                          Joker’s Wild

From Feb. 6 through Feb. 12, instant players won more than $24 million and draw game players won $8 million, including $3.9 million from North Carolina draw games Pick 3, Pick 4, Cash 5 and All or Nothing. Since last weekend’s drawings, Mega Millions and Powerball players won more than $4.1 million in prizes.

Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.6 billion for the state. Net proceeds will be used this year to help pay salaries of teachers and teacher assistants, for pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, for school construction and repair, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid.

For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.

For prizes greater than $5,000, 25% federal tax and 5.75% state tax are automatically withheld.

Interest in Powerball jackpot generates $16.6 million for education

Feb. 16, 2015. In the ten weeks leading up to Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, ticket sales in North Carolina resulted in the state’s fourth jackpot winner in the game and an estimated $16.6 million earned for education.

There are nine ways a Powerball player might win a prize for $2 or $3 per play. But ticket sales always support education. And when a big jackpot leads to more interest in playing, it’s an even greater boost for the programs that benefit from lottery funding.

“This run was special for North Carolina – for our players, and education,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the lottery. “Our goal this year is to raise more than half a billion dollars for education, and the popularity of Powerball and other games will help the lottery do that.”

Funds earned this year will help pay salaries of teachers and teacher assistants, for pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, school construction and repair, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid.

For details on how lottery funds have made a difference for specific education programs across North Carolina, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.

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