Co-workers share lottery cash with colleague in need
The food services team at Ardrey Kell High School traded messages of celebration on March 24, after learning they had a $10,000 winning ticket in the previous night's Powerball drawing.
And they quickly thought of Sophia and of the medical treatment she needed but couldn't afford.
There was no way she wouldn't be a part of it, said Marilyn Johnson, manager of the food services staff at Ardrey Kell. It was never a question.
Sophia Tatsis, a member of the staff, hadn't been at work when ...
Apr 14, 2013, 3:00 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. bill keeps 'education' in lottery for now
The North Carolina Education Lottery is keeping the education in its name at least for now.
A bill debated Wednesday by a House judiciary committee and aimed at reeling in advertising for the state-run lottery originally directed the lottery to stop using the word education in its advertising.
But the bill's chief sponsor said he would pull that prohibition because he didn't want to make the cost of such a rebranding drag down the bill, which he said is designed to bring more truth to what ...
Mar 7, 2013, 4:35 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. farmer wins record lottery jackpot
It's also his second time winning a Cash 5 jackpot
A farmer from Zebulon, North Carolina, won more than $1.1 million in the Carolina Cash 5 jackpot on Sunday the largest amount ever won by a single ticket in that game.
It was the second time that Homer Buffaloe has hit the Cash 5 jackpot. In November 2010, he claimed half a jackpot worth $408,066.
This time, Buffaloe received a check for $778,479 after state and federal taxes were withheld.
The odds of matching all five numbers and w ...
Mar 5, 2013, 6:31 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. lawmakers back lottery name change
Act would cut 'education' from name, limit advertising
Powerball tickets aren't like parent-teacher bake sales, say state lawmakers who want to take education out of the North Carolina Education Lottery.
The state-run games would be known as the North Carolina State Lottery under a bipartisan bill filed in the House last week that also would place limits on lottery advertising and commission research on the lotto's social and economic impact.
We certainly don't want to encourage partic ...
Mar 5, 2013, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Gov. says lottery ads are 'annoying'
State legislators are proposing to revamp the way money from the North Carolina Education Lottery is spent after statewide scrutiny of its advertising practices.
Gov. Pat McCrory suggested in his State of the State address last week that lottery money should be allocated to fund more technology in schools.
I'm recommending that we pursue legislation to reallocate a portion of money away from the bloated and frankly annoying advertising and the large administration cost of the lottery comm ...
Feb 27, 2013, 10:49 am - Lottery News forum
NC lottery bill won't ban welfare recipient sales
A key North Carolina House leader says a bill he's drawing up about the North Carolina state lottery won't include a provision prohibiting ticket sales to people receiving public assistance or who are in bankruptcy.
Speaker Pro Tempore Paul Stam of Apex said Wednesday the provision was the least important part of his proposal. He said got questions from all sides on the lottery issue about the provision. Some critics questioned singling out the poor or how retailers would enforce the law.
Jan 31, 2013, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Proposal to ban welfare recipients from playing lottery
Another proposal would remove the word Education from N.C. Education Lottery
North Carolina lawmakers are drafting legislation that would ban people on welfare or those who are in bankruptcy from buying lottery tickets.
Rep. Paul Skip Stam, R-Wake is helping draft the legislation. Stam told ABC11 the vendor selling the lottery ticket would be penalized if they knew the person was on welfare or in bankruptcy.
That stipulation is not sitting well with some convenience store clerks that do ...
Jan 26, 2013, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. woman gets surprise lottery gift from brother
Maria Juana P. Tolentino, a resident of Candor in Montgomery County, North Carolina, thought she was finished with her family's Christmas on Wednesday. Little did she know that a late gift from her brother, a $5 Mega Bucks lottery ticket, would make her $100,000 richer.
Tolentino was sitting in her living room with her family when she realized she'd won the game's top prize.
At first I thought it was $100, she said. We were happy to win that. Then I kept scratching and saw it was much, mu ...
Dec 31, 2012, 2:45 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. store clerk charged in lottery scam
Police arrested a convenience store clerk Thursday after she allegedly told a customer his ticket wasn't a winner, then cashed the $50 winning ticket after the man left the store.
Kathleen Patricia McClusky, 19, of Clayton, was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses. She was working as a clerk at the Kangaroo Station on U.S. 70 in Clayton.
She was taken to the Johnston County jail under $15,000 bond.
The incident occurred Dec. 23 when Luis Flores-Bautista of Clayton gave McC ...
Dec 31, 2012, 2:22 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. man charged with stealing $1M lottery ticket
By Todd Northrop
Less than two weeks after a North Carolina community college student smiled for the cameras and cashed in on a winning $1 million lotto ticket, police say it wasn't hers to claim.
It's honestly just luck, Mikala Fields said as she accepted her prize July 2. You actually can win.
But luck had nothing to do with it, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery investigation. The Lottery accused Fields of conspiring with her husband, Sean Mewherter, who works at the l ...
Jul 12, 2012, 11:24 am - Lottery News forum