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NC Lottery Players Win Nearly $20M in Prizes Last Week, Mega Millions Jackpot Jumps to $107M

Aug. 25, 2014. A Carolina Cash 5 jackpot winner, a $100,000 instant scratch-off winner and more than $2.4 million in prizes paid out to Carolina Pick 3 players highlight a week that brought more than $19.6 million in prizes to lottery players across the state.

The largest win of the week went to Austin Bradshaw, a deli worker from Winston-Salem, who won $269,010 playing Carolina Cash 5. He said he plans to use his winnings to take a trip to Las Vegas and invest the rest for the future. {Read Story}

Dorothy Elliott of Wilson is the latest winner of $100,000 in the lottery’s Millionaire 7’s game. She purchased her lucky $10 ticket at the Haroon Food Mart on U.S. 301 South in Wilson.{Read Story}

Since Thursday, Aug. 14, lottery players won more than $15.4 million playing instant games and more than $4.2 million playing draw games. Ten prizes awarded were worth between $10,000 and $50,000. In alphabetical order by the winner’s hometown, they are:

lottoCarolina Pick 3 Report

Thousands of players across the state won more than $2.4 million playing Carolina Pick 3 this week, including $448,039 in prizes paid to 2,920 tickets in the Aug. 18 evening drawing.

Mega Millions Report

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $180 million if taken as an annuity or $107 million if taken as a lump sum. The jackpot has grown since it was reset when a player in Texas won the $33 million jackpot in the June 27 drawing.

Powerball Report

Saturday’s Powerball players have the chance to win a $70 million jackpot if taken as an annuity or $42.7 million if taken as a lump sum. Of the 11,813 winning tickets produced in Wednesday’s drawing, one sold at Sam’s Mart inMatthews is worth $10,000. The ticket was claimed by Kathleen Hoover of Charlotte.

Where the Money Goes

Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.4 billion for the state. North Carolina Education Lottery 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, 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.