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Lottery Players Across the State Win $19 Million in Prizes

Aug. 4, 2014. A $1 million scratch-off winner and a Carolina Cash 5 jackpot lead a week that brought more than $19 million in prizes to lottery players across the state.

Barry Gaines of Kannapolis is the latest North Carolinian to scratch off the $1 million price in the $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular game. He purchased his lucky ticket Sunday night at All Checks Cashed on South Cannon Boulevard in Kannapolis.

“I had a feeling that one day I’d hit it big,” Gaines said as he collected his winnings Monday morning. “”I just don’t know how to explain it. It feels great.”

The retirement fund for Rudolph Laviner of Wagram got bigger after he won Monday’s Carolina Cash 5 jackpot of $158,172. Laviner, a 71-year-old maintenance manager, said he has been working and saving for his retirement for a long time. His lucky numbers matched all five numbers in the drawing, beating odds of 1 in 575,757.

Since Thursday, July 24, lottery players won more than $14.9 million playing instant games and more than $4.1 million playing draw games. Thirteen prizes awarded were worth between $10,000 and $53,732. In alphabetical order by the winner’s hometown, they are:

Hometown Winner Prize Won Game Played
Asheville Vadim Tehnilenco $10,000 Multiplier Spectacular
Burlington Robert Flack $10,000 $5,000 a Week for Life
Charlotte Stacy Danner $10,000 $120 Million Cash
Durham Ernest Thompson $10,000 Millionaire 7’s
Greensboro Jerry Walker $10,000 Millionaire 7’s
Hillsborough John Riggs $53,732 Carolina Cash 5
Lexington Mat Peters $30,000 Triple Fortune
Raleigh Ahmad Ajaj $10,000 $200,000 Extreme Cash
Roanoke Rapids Jose Santiago $10,000 White Hot 5’s
Rocky Point Edelma Holmes $30,000 Red Hot
Salisbury Jean Allen $25,000 Mega Millions
Whitakers Randall Walker $10,000 MultipliSpectacular
Zebulon Albert Height $10,000 Jumbo Bucks

Mega Millions Report

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $87 million if taken as an annuity of $51.2 million if taken as a lump sum. In Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, 23,458 tickets won prizes ranging from $1 to $5,000, totaling $72,765. In the July 25 drawing, 26,781 tickets won $110,108 in prizes ranging from $1 to $25,000.

Powerball Report

Saturday’s Powerball players have the chance to win a $70 million jackpot if taken as an annuity or $42.3 million if taken as a lump sum. Wednesday’s Powerball drawing produced 11,241 winning tickets ranging from $4 to $10,000, totaling $95,316. The Saturday, July 26 Powerball drawing produced 12,231 winning tickets ranging from $4 to $200, totaling $75,338.

Where the Money Goes

Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.4 billion for the state. Net proceeds are used for prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, digital learning initiatives, 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.