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N.C. man wins $1M after playing the same numbers for 5 years

Nov 13, 2018, 8:46 am

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By Todd Northrop

A North Carolina man finally struck it big in the multi-state Powerball lottery after playing the same numbers for five years.

Benjamin Sinclair of Winston-Salem claimed his prize Thursday afternoon at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

"I've been playing the same numbers for five years," Sinclair said. "They're very special to me." 

Sinclair's good luck began when he stopped at the Sheetz on Fairlawn Drive in Winston-Salem and bought a $2 ticket for the drawing on Oct. 27.

"I only play when the jackpot gets above a certain amount," Sinclair said. "I knew it was a long shot, but I still used the same numbers."

He checked his ticket the next evening. 

"I had to look at the numbers several times to make sure," Sinclair said. "It feels great to win." 

After required state and federal tax withholdings, Sinclair took home $705,011.

Sinclair's special numbers, 8, 12, 13, 19, and 27, matched all the white balls to win $1 million. It was one of eight tickets in North Carolina to win a big prize in the drawing, but his was the only $1 million winner. The others matched four white balls plus the Powerball for a $50,000 prize (with three of those tickets also purchased with the Power Play option, increasing the prize to $150,000).

The jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball drawing is $107 million or $61.1 million cash.

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Raven62's avatar - binary
New Jersey
United States
Member #17842
June 28, 2005
137852 Posts

Congrats to the Winner!

A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

    United States
    Member #163184
    January 22, 2015
    2403 Posts

    Third positive lottery story so far this week and it is only Tuesday.


    Like his strategy, takes a lot of patience which I have none.


    Best of luck with his winnings.

      Original Bey's avatar - Lottery-022.jpg

      Member #133458
      September 30, 2012
      6792 Posts

      Faithful to consistently play the same numbers for over 5 years.


      Brave for skipping draws and only playing them when the JP reaches a certain threshold. 


      Maybe we don't find luck, it find us!

      "Do everything you can. Then, leave the rest to luck."

        CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
        Central TN
        United States
        Member #121189
        January 4, 2012
        4939 Posts

        Mr Sinclair,you sir, are the epitome of persistence !!!   Thumbs Up

        Congrats to you during this holiday season. Big Grin Santa

        Enjoy your wealth for many years to come. 

        Integrity: There is just no substitute.

          TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
          Brooklyn, NY
          United States
          Member #169719
          October 29, 2015
          1512 Posts

          All I have to say is......Persistence Pays Off!

          Congrats Mr Sinclair!

          The Meatman 🥩🍗🍔🍖🍤🌭

          “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

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            music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
            USN United States Navy
            Fresno, California
            United States
            Member #157851
            August 2, 2014
            3959 Posts

            "It feels great to win".  Happy Days are here for Sinclair.

             "We are all in this together!" 

              sweetie7398's avatar - flower2

              United States
              Member #22701
              September 30, 2005
              13618 Posts

              That gives me hope. I'm still playing my set of numbers. 

              Congratulations to the winnerHurray!

              Life, love, family Love

                Chasing $ Millions.
                White Shores- California
                United States
                Member #136473
                December 12, 2012
                6495 Posts

                This just proves that any numbers can pull it off. Some players having been consistently playing the same numbers for decades without winning, but they will not have it any other way. Sometimes it's pure luck * Gloria Mackenzie!

                 * Voice of Reason *   


                People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

                  cbr$'s avatar - maren
                  United States
                  Member #104478
                  January 15, 2011
                  11420 Posts

                  Determination paid off. Congratulation to Benjamin Sinclair on his win. Party

                    Cassie8620's avatar - oGH0ok
                    United States
                    Member #180566
                    March 13, 2017
                    4495 Posts

                    Determination paid off. Congratulation to Benjamin Sinclair on his win. Party

                    I love how he won. yep. same #s ... determination yep. and a big dose of luck,and good blessings for this man.

                    i love hearing this, when its the same combinations, in any lottery games.

                    and congrats. great story in my home state here in NC, and prior home state in cali,

                    i had  neighbor, always play same #s since his   thirties, Smiley

                    so this was wow about  8 or more years ago."


                    I hope one day Scott win, that's his name, and when i last spoke to his younger sister around my age(they 12 yrs apart)

                    and she was saying how her brother will "never" stop playing same, but he buy too at times a few qp. but has to play same ones first. lol

                    CONGRATS!Party benjamin sinclair, for his "same combinations"it paid of huge within just a few yrs though. that's nice.

                    some are lucky like this and i am happy for him."



                    Winnings in 2020:


                    So,Let's Go NC !!!Banana Time 2 break the bank, baby!!!

                    0310 0131 0383  1034 0908 1623 2460 2464 2852 3009 3522 3686  4068 4130

                    5018 4058 6630 6683 6384 4767 4768 6393  7447 7546 7647 7687 7678 

                    6442 0305 0306 1061 1106,1120,1130 1016 2013 4130 1610 

                    1117,1211 1212 1031 1034, 1215,7678 7897, 7898 8768 8486

                    4764 4774 6747 7077   4774 7447 3533,5592,5593,5910,5925 

                    7640 7689 7898 8667 8798 9009 9393 9170 9817 9957

                      reddog's avatar - reddog 20avatar.jpg
                      Durham, North Carolina
                      United States
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                      June 5, 2003
                      3228 Posts

                      There was this guy at my work who has been playing the same N.C. Cash 5 numbers for the past ten years, with way better odds for the past 10 years and they have yet to hit. He said he has gotten 4 out of 5 twice.  It is what it is.

                      Taking it one drawing at a time.

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