$1.6 million lottery payout means 'mortgage-burning party' for N.C. man
A Liberty, North Carolina, man says he plans to pay off the mortgage on his home after his Millionaire Bucks win.
Michael Zimmerman, of Liberty, works as an assistant manager at the Ready Mart on North Main Street in Randleman.
According to a news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery, he bought the winning $20 ticket at the store on his day off. He got one ticket and didn't win anything, but said something told him to buy a second one. That one turned out to be the winner.
Apr 26, 2016, 12:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Boyfriend of NC's $188M Powerball winner gets prison for heroin trafficking
At least she won't have to bail him out again anytime soon
By Todd Northrop
The boyfriend of North Carolina's biggest Powerball winner will spend time in prison and pay a hefty fine as part of a plea agreement in a drug case.
Lamarr McDow, the 32-year-old boyfriend of $188 million Powerball winner Marie Holmes, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to traffic heroin in a Brunswick County, North Carolina, court Wednesday.
McDow, who also goes by the name Hot Sauce , was sentenced ...
Apr 8, 2016, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum
NC Lottery tries persuading lawmakers to expand games
North Carolina could collect more money through the state-run lottery if it expanded the number of games offered, Lottery Director Alice Garland told lawmakers Thursday. But such a move would likely have to wait until next year and would have to get past a sizable cadre of conservatives deeply suspicious of any move to expand the games.
If that's a source of revenue other legislators want to pursue, that's out there, Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, said after the meeting, adding quickly that le ...
Mar 11, 2016, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Powerball winner target of $10M lawsuit by local pastor
Marie Holmes, North Carolina's $188 million Powerball lottery winner, is back in the news again.
This time Holmes is not spending millions of dollars on bailing her boyfriend, Lamarr Hot Sauce McDow, out-of-jail for the fourth time, but a pastor is allegedly suing her for $10 million for reneging on a verbal contract.
The 27-year-old mother of two took home a $127 million lump sum payment following her lottery win in February, 2015. (See N.C. Powerball lottery winner claims share of jackpo ...
Feb 15, 2016, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
NC Powerball winner in trouble again
This time she is served criminal summons for threats and harassment
Includes video report
The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has served a misdemeanor criminal summons to North Carolina's $188 million Powerball winner, Marie Holmes.
According to court documents, Lorna Marlowe has accused Holmes of making threatening and harassing phone calls on Jan. 10. Marlowe filed the complaint that same day.
The criminal summons alleges Holmes threatened to inflict bodily harm on Marlowe. It al ...
Jan 15, 2016, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery winner bails out convict fiancé fourth time
This time she posts $12 million bond for 'Hot Sauce'
He might win a prize of his own for being the worst fianc ever. Or maybe she'll win a prize for being most gullible.
In what almost seems like clockwork, $188 million Powerball winner Marie Holmes has bailed out her fianc from jail for a fourth time in less than a year, this time posting a $12 million bond for his release.
Holmes made national headlines last February when she was one of three winners who split a $564 million Powerball ...
Jan 4, 2016, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum
NC's biggest lottery winner, who faced drug charges soon after win, gives nearly $700k to church
A North Carolina lottery winner who was arrested on drug charges just months after she won $188 million earlier this year has given her church nearly $700,000, an attorney says.
Marie Holmes, age 26, a single mother of four young children, snagged North Carolina's biggest lottery jackpot in March and took a lump sum payment of $127 million from the Powerball win.
The first thing she promised was to tithe or give a tenth of her winnings to charity, a press release from Ruth Sheehan with th ...
Nov 29, 2015, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery picks new headquarters in Raleigh
With six offers on the table, the North Carolina Education Lottery will be moving all of its headquarters staff and operations to a bigger office campus in north Raleigh by next summer.
The lottery office in September had issued a request for proposals for a need to lease about 100,000 square feet of office and warehouse space, which is more than double the space that the N.C. Lottery currently occupies at its headquarters on Yonkers Road.
Of the six offers received, the lowest bid came fr ...
Nov 4, 2015, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Powerball winner's fiancé jailed for third time this year
By Todd Northrop
The man engaged to the North Carolina woman who claimed a Powerball lottery jackpot share worth $188 million earlier this year was placed back in jail for the third time in less than a year on Monday.
Lamarr Andre McDow, also known as Hot Sauce, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
A spokeswoman for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said that McDow turned himself in after being indicted on the charge. He was processed out of the jail a short time lat ...
Oct 20, 2015, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery looking for new HQ as revenues grow
Executives of the North Carolina Education Lottery have initiated a search for new office space that's more than double the size of the lottery's headquarters on Yonkers Road in Raleigh.
N.C. Lottery spokesman Van Denton explains that since the lottery program was enacted by the General Assembly in 2006, lottery sales have more than doubled to more than $2 billion per year, requiring a need to increase the lottery's administrative staff. The N.C. Education Lottery currently has 160 people on ...
Sep 18, 2015, 6:56 pm - Lottery News forum