N.C. Lottery Weekly Wrap-Up: Players Across State Win More Than $25 Million

Published Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10:08 am

The excitement of winning big in March is officially underway this week – and not just on the hardwood. North Carolina lottery players won more than $25 million on lottery tickets.

Pick 3 players were treated to more than $1.7 million in prizes on St. Patrick’s Day when the triple combination of 3-3-3 appeared in the afternoon drawing. Players of the game this week won more than $4.1 million.

Johnny Daughtry of Ahoskie was back in the Big Winner’s Room for the second time in three months on Friday, claiming a $1 million win in the $200 Million Blowout game. In December, Daughtry won the top prize in the $500 a Week for Life! game. {Read More}

A service technician from Guilford County won the top prize playing the $200,000 Gold Rush game. Nancy Renea of Pleasant Garden said she won’t believe it’s real until she sees “all those zeroes” in her bank account. {Read More

Tim Murphy of Graham always buys two sets of numbers for the nightly Carolina Cash 5 drawing: One based on family birthdays and a Quick Pick. Wednesday night the birthday numbers won him the $175,673 jackpot. {Read More}

A Cash 5 jackpot winner from Edgecombe County won $104,403 in the March 13 drawing. Alice Meeks of Princeville bought her Quick Pick ticket at the Neighbor’s Food Mart on North Main Street in Tarboro. {Read More}

Amory Bowden of Greensboro won the sixth and final $200,000 top prize on a Break the Bank ticket he purchased at the BP Mini Mart on Bessemer City Road in Gastonia. {Break The Bank}

Two Raleigh residents are sharing the $100,000 they won playing Millionaire 7’s. Courtney Daye and Christopher Trice say they will use their prize money to pay bills and share with their families. {Read More}

Debra and Jerry Rice of Hendersonville won $20,000 in the March 14 Powerball drawing. They bought their Power Play ticket at the Triangle Food Store on Chimney Rock Road in Hendersonville.

Nineteen more players won prizes of $10,000 to $50,000 this week. They are:

Hometown                      Winner                                Prize Won                        Game Played

Cary                              Tzulieh Chuu                   $50,000                          Jumbo Bucks

Fayetteville                    Richard McCubbins          $10,000                          “$”

Greensboro                    David Hicks                     $20,000                          Powerball (3/11 drawing)

Hollister                         James Silver                   $10,000                          5X The Cash

LaGrange                       Linda Sutton                    $10,000                          $120 Million Cash

Lawndale                        Thomas Vinson                $10,000                          $5,000 a Week for Life!

Lexington                       Shonna Bohner                $10,000                          $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular

Lincolnton                      Christina Sippel               $10,000                          100X The Cash

Morganton                      Elizabeth Lipsey               $10,000                          100X The Cash

Oakboro                         William Watters               $25,000                          Mega Millions (3/13 drawing)

Pittsboro                        Deborah Hatley                $10,000                          Millionaire 7’s

Raleigh                          Joe Hawley                      $20,000                          $4,000 Multiplier Spectacular

Raleigh                          Rhonda Warren                $10,000                          $2,5000 a Week for Life!

Raleigh                          James Herbert                 $10,000                          $200 Million Blowout

Reidsville                       Stacy Carter                    $10,000                          $200 Million Blowout

Shiloh                            Hung Huynh                    $10,000                          $1,000 a Week for Life!

Sparta                            Barbara Smith                  $10,000                          100X The Cash

Wilmington                     Melvin Rigsby                  $10,000                          100X The Cash

Winston-Salem               Richard Dennis                $10,000                          Powerball (3/18 drawing)

From March 13 through March 19, instant players won $18.7 million and draw game players won $6.3 million, including $5.8 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 $474,000 in prizes bringing the seven-day total to more than $25 million in prizes statewide, more than $3.5 million a day on average.

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.

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