N.C. school construction lottery money doesn't really build schools
Includes video report
Where does the North Carolina Education Lottery money go? You know, you buy a ticket, you put money into the education lottery, and you think all that money goes to North Carolina schools. But that is not quite how it works.
Of every dollar, 61% goes back into the lottery for prizes, 28% goes to education, and 11% go back to retailers and the lottery for administration.
Of that 28 percent for schools, the Education Lottery website says 45.8% goes to teacher pay, 20 ...
Jul 10, 2014, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum
Undercover officers catch store clerks keeping winning lottery tickets
Includes video report
A man walks into a convenience store and asks the clerk to check his lottery tickets. Can you scan these and see if there are any winners? he asks. The clerk scans the first ticket and freezes, staring at the screen that shows it's a $1,000 winner. The clerk shakes his head, puts the ticket to the side and tells the customer, There's nothing on them.
What the clerk doesn't know is that the customer is an undercover officer wearing a hidden camera, which captures the ...
Apr 27, 2014, 12:08 pm - Lottery News forum
NC woman scratches off $1M winner on first lottery ticket
A Wilmington, North Carolina, woman is a lot richer after buying her first lottery ticket ever.
Cindy Reeves, a stockroom clerk, said she has worked hard all her life, according to a news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery. Sunday morning, the Wilmington native bought a $20 scratch-off ticket at the Shop-N-Go on Market Street. The ticket for the $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular turned out to be a $1 million winner.
As a new player Reeves was unsure whether or not she had wo ...
Mar 20, 2014, 3:11 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. woman wins $500 a week for life after buying lottery ticket in N.C.
Mary Eisenband finds it fun to buy lottery tickets.
The 82-year-old Union, New Jersey, woman never found it more enjoyable than when she bought a scratch-off lottery ticket in North Carolina in November while en route to Georgia to visit family.
Eisenband turned out to be the lucky winner of that state's $500 a Week for Life game, North Carolina lottery officials announced Monday.
Eisenband took home a check for $244,968 after state and federal taxes were withheld because she chose the ...
Jan 14, 2014, 11:53 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery rolls out online ticket sales
Some retailers worried
As he stood in line for lottery tickets Wednesday at C-Mini Mart #3 on Poole Road, David Auther said store patrons and workers know him by his lucky Pick 3 number.
Hey Warren, what's my number? he asked store owner Warren Liles, who stood behind the counter.
315, Liles replied.
Auther, who plays the lottery every day, said he won't be logging onto a computer to buy tickets as the N.C. Education Lottery launches an online subscription service Thursday. He enjo ...
Dec 5, 2013, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Two months later, a winning lottery ticket
For weeks, Dipak Patel and his wife, Hetal, owners of the Pinebuff Mini Mart reminded their customers to check their lottery tickets because the store had sold a winning Carolina Cash 5 ticket worth $236,455 in March.
If only Ed Studebaker had listened.
Studebaker, a West End resident who works as a manufacturing engineer in Pinebluff and is a regular customer at the Mini Mart, had the winning lottery ticket. He just didn't know it.
The ticket sat in his home for nearly two months befor ...
May 23, 2013, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum
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