N.C. man almost drove past $1 million lottery win
For Steven Tuttle of Flat Rock, North Carolina, the recent gas shortage almost cost him a $1 million lottery prize.
He usually gets his gas at the Ingles on Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, but had stopped going there when the price rose during the shortage.
I almost didn't stop, Tuttle said. When I saw that the price of gas had dropped back down, I turned around.
While he was there, Tuttle decided to get a $1,000,000 Bonus Cash scratch-off ticket.
He scratched the $10 ticket while ...
Oct 3, 2016, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
Some NC lottery players win so often, their good fortune defies logic
The North Carolina lottery wants you to believe we all have the same chance to win.
But some players are winning so often, and so big, that their good fortune defies logic.
Almost certainly, experts say, some are more than lucky. They are likely gaming the system. And the losers are the state's taxpayers, single parents and those who play by the rules.
An investigation found players who beat staggering odds so consistently that statisticians said chances of being that lucky were less th ...
Oct 1, 2016, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
How NC lottery ticket swappers avoid taxes, scrutiny
Reselling winning lottery tickets known as ticket discounting can be profitable for both parties.
Buyers claim prizes and sellers go undetected by the government. Some sellers owe back taxes or child support, money automatically withheld from lottery winnings. Others may simply want to remain anonymous.
Here's a look at how the practice works:
In Florida, a man told investigators that he teamed up with several retailers who bought tickets from customers. He cashed the tickets, clearing ...
Oct 1, 2016, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
How a retired NC potter won the lottery 111 times
One of the most prolific winners in North Carolina lottery history wants you to know two things: he doesn't cheat and he understands the games better than anyone.
Through late last year, no one had more big wins than retired potter Phil Morgan, who won 111 times and collected more than $500,000, an Observer data analysis found.
But that record comes with an asterisk. Most wins were for the Pick 4 game. If you play the same number combination multiple times on one drawing, and it hits, each ...
Sep 29, 2016, 5:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning NC lottery ticket set to expire
A winning lottery ticket purchased in North Carolina worth $25,000 a year for life is set to expire next week.
Someone bought the Lucky For Life ticket at the Harris Teeter on N.C. 55 in Cary, North Carolina, on April 11, a Monday. The winner has 180 days to claim the prize, which ends Oct. 7.
We're asking Lucky For Life players in Wake County to double check their tickets, said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. It takes a lot of luck to win, and we hate to ...
Sep 27, 2016, 10:23 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. school custodian cleans up with $1 million lottery win
For Michael Owenby of Candler, North Carolina, a decision to quench his thirst turned into a $1 million lottery win.
Owenby, a custodian at Erwin Middle School, was helping his friend shop for a car when he decided to get a drink and get some lottery tickets.
I asked for a $5, $10, and $20 ticket, Owenby said.
When he scratched the Millionaire Bucks ticket, he couldn't believe what he saw.
It's amazing, Owenby said. It all happened because I wanted a Mountain Dew.
He claimed hi ...
Sep 23, 2016, 7:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner who spent $20M on boyfriend's bail money to appear on 'Fix My Life' series
A North Carolina woman who spent part of her $188 million lottery jackpot bailing her boyfriend out of jail is due to appear on a Fix My Life reality series.
Marie Holmes, who won a $188 Powerball jackpot in 2015, made headlines when she spent more than $20 million of her newfound fortune bailing her boyfriend, Lamar Hot Sauce McDow, out of jail on multiple occasions.
The Oprah Winfrey Network announced Holmes is slated to appear on Iyanla: Fix My Life in September. The network said Holmes ...
Aug 24, 2016, 6:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas couple wins a million in lottery on visit to NC
A retired Texas couple won't soon forget their trip to North Carolina. After all, they're leaving the state $1 million richer.
Joseph Roseman and his wife, Anetia, of Magnolia, Texas were staying with friends Friday when they stopped at the S.M. Mart on Poplar Tent Road in Concord. While there, Anetia Roseman decided to buy a $1 Quick Pick ticket for the Mega Millions drawing later that day.
On Saturday morning, Joseph checked the winning numbers and compared them to the ones on their tick ...
Jul 1, 2016, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Bill would send NC lottery winner info to food stamp office
Legislation directing the North Carolina lottery to disclose winners of substantial cash prizes to state social services officials as an anti-fraud initiative for food stamps received initial House approval Wednesday.
The chamber voted 75-38 largely along party lines for the bill, which a chief sponsor said would seek to ensure the federal benefits are going to the needy.
The North Carolina Education Lottery would provide names and jackpot amounts of those people winning at least $2,250 to ...
Jun 17, 2016, 9:58 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. restaurant owner wins third big lottery prize in two years
The owner of a Greensboro fast-food restaurant is once again relishing his good fortune with the N.C. Education Lottery.
Ralph Havis, who owns Beef Burger, won $1 million playing 100X The Cash his third big lottery win in less than two years, and the second in less than a month.
Havis bought the ticket early Tuesday morning and claimed his prize that afternoon. After choosing the lump sum payment of $600,000 and, after federal and state taxes were withheld, Havis received $415,506. He said ...
May 26, 2016, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum