March 24, 2014. Since Thursday, March 13, lottery players in North Carolina won more than $25.4 million in prizes. During that time, players of instant scratch-off games won more than $20.3 million. Players of draw games won more than $5.1 million in total prizes.
Mega Millions Report
Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $15 million if taken as an annuity or $8.3 million if taken as a lump sum. In Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, 155,180 tickets won prizes ranging from $1 to $5,000 totaling $389,362. In the March 14 drawing, 85,293 tickets won $205,909 in prizes ranging from $1 to $5,000.
Saturday’s Powerball players have the chance to win a $96 million jackpot if taken as an annuity or $55.1 million if taken as a lump sum. Wednesday’s Powerball drawing produced 14,452 winning tickets ranging from $4 to $10,000 totaling $101,696. The Saturday, March 15 Powerball drawing produced 15,870 winning tickets ranging from $4 to $1 million totaling $1,177,389.
Big Winner Report
“I scratched it off at home and just started hollering and jumping for joy,” Larry Holmes said as he collected his winnings on Thursday.
“I almost hit the floor when I saw I had won,” Vickie Richmond said. “I kept looking at it to see if it was really real. I couldn’t sleep because I was afraid it was a dream.”
Gersain Gomez Perez of Marshville scratched off his $10 Color of Money ticket and couldn’t believe his eyes. “I said to my friends, ‘Can you check this? I think I won $1 million!’” he said. “They were excited. To this moment I still can’t believe it.”
Linda Rice is the latest player to win the top prize in the $250,000 Cash Money game.
“It really is hard to believe,” Tracy Sheils said. “We checked and double-checked the numbers on the phone, the TV and the computer. Then we triple-checked.”
Some might say Tony Summerlin has “the luck of the Irish.” After winning $100,000 in July of 2012, the Granite Falls man claimed another big prize on Monday.
Mauro Oliveira, a health insurance manager from Miami Lakes in Florida, says he plans to take a trip after winning the Feb. 22 jackpot.