By Jesse Wood
March 17, 2014. Since Thursday, March 6, lottery players in North Carolina won more than $23.3 million in prizes. During that time, players of instant scratch-off games won more than $18.9 million. Players of draw games won more than $4.4 million in total prizes.
Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $353 million if taken as an annuity or $194 million if taken as a lump sum, the fifth largest in the game’s history. The jackpot has rolled since the Dec. 17 drawing which ended with two players from Georgia and California splitting the $626 million prize.
In Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, 73,331 tickets won prizes ranging from $1 to $2,000 totaling $191,020. In the March 7 drawing, 53,067 tickets won $173,060 in prizes ranging from $1 to $20,000.
Saturday’s Powerball players have the chance to win a $70 million jackpot if taken as an annuity or $39.5 million if taken as a lump sum. Wednesday’s Powerball drawing produced 13,865 winning tickets ranging from $4 to $200 totaling $84,899.The Saturday, March 8 Powerball drawing produced 13,136 winning tickets ranging from $4 to $200 totaling $83,235.
Big Winner Report
Two men from Charlotte claimed $2 million prizes in the Powerball game this week. John Ames and Stephen Wright matched all five white balls in the March 1 drawing.
Cindy Reeves of Wilmington won her big prize playing the new $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular game.
Joe and Toni Thomas moved to Wilson ten years ago to enjoy retirement together. After Joe scratched off the big prize Saturday morning, the couple says they will relish retirement even more.
“I got in the car and started scratching and thought I had won ten dollars,” said Jakequlyn Dalton of Madison. “Then I thought I had won $100. Then I saw that comma and I started hollering right there in the parking lot.”