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Weekly NC Lottery Update: Three Wins Highlight Week of $21 Million in Prizes

Three Triad-area players and a woman from Lumberton won prizes from $100,000 to $1 million this week.

B.A. Ray of Clemmons was having a relaxing Friday afternoon when he stopped at Carlton’s Tanglewood on Clemmons Road. That’s where he bought and scratched off $200 Million Blowout ticket, winning a $1 million prize. “I always scratch the prizes from the bottom right-hand corner of the ticket,” Ray said. “That’s where the $1 million prize was. I said, ‘Oh, hello!’”{Read More}

Greensboro resident Vito Picone’s Quick Pick ticket matched all five numbers in the Aug. 15 Cash 5 drawing to win the $313,425 jackpot. “I checked the numbers on the computer and I had to rub my eyes,” Picone said. “It didn’t seem real, but I guess it is. I’m very fortunate.” {Read More}

Bill and April Richee of Winston-Salem claimed their second Carolina Cash 5 jackpot in four years on Monday, winning $260,278 in the Aug. 8 drawing. The first time, Bill used a series of numbers based on family birthdays to win big. This time, the winning numbers came from a more unlikely place: A fortune cookie. {Read More}

Lumberton resident Kimberly Brewer said she plans to use the $100,000 prize she won playing the new Mega Bucks game to pay off her mortgage and her car. {Read More}

Three players won $50,000 this week:

High Point resident Sandra Dixon, who works for a furniture manufacturer, said she plans to go on a vacation to Maryland and buy school supplies and new clothes for her kids after winning the top prize in the $50,000 Jackpot game. She purchased the lucky ticket at Kangaroo Express on North Main Street in Archdale.

Joseph Dugan of Raeford won big playing $200 Million Blowout. He bought the winning ticket at Hardin’s Food Store on Philippi Church Road in Raeford.

Lisa Gauze, a house cleaner from Newport, plans to pay some bills after winning big playing 100X The Cash. She bought her winning ticket at the Super Expressway on East Main Street in Havelock.

Garner resident Daniel Jones won $10,000 in the Aug. 19 Powerball drawing. He purchased the ticket at Murphy Express on N.C. 42 West in Garner.

Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is an estimated $90 million if taken as an annuity or $57.7 million if taken as a lump sum. Players holding tickets for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing have a chance at a $47 million annuity or $29.4 million if the cash option is chosen.

 Twelve players scratched their way to instant prizes of $10,000. They are:

Hometown                      Winner                                Game Played

Asheville                        Gregory Fink                   Jumbo Bucks

Beulaville                       Lexus Taylor                   $2,500 a Week for Life!

Charlotte                        Carvet Briscoe                 Millionaire 7’s

Charlotte                        Kevin Vu                          $200 Million Blowout

Durham                          Richard Sutton                 $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular

Greenville                      Khaled Abdul-Fattah         $200 Million Blowout

Hamlet                           Monica Salgado               100X The Cash

Hendersonville               Louis Morton                    50X The Cash

Kill Devil Hills                 Lindita Selimi                   $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular

Newport                         Linda Simmons                50X The Cash

Thomasville                   Patricia Dorsett                $200 Million Blowout

Winston-Salem               James Beck                    $200 Million Blowout

Since Aug. 13, instant players won $17.3 million and draw game players won $3.7 million, including $3.4 million from North Carolina draw games Pick 3, Pick 4, Cash 5 and All or Nothing. Mega Millions and Powerball players won $359,615 in prizes. Overall, players won $21 million this week.

Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.9 billion for the state. Net proceeds were used last 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.