Here comes BBQ-scented N.C. Lottery scratch tickets
In the never-ending effort to make buying a lottery ticket new and fun, the N.C. Education Lottery has come up with tickets that smell like barbecue when you scratch them.
Lottery officials will unveil their new BBQ Bucks scratch-off tickets Tuesday at Clyde Cooper's Barbecue in downtown Raleigh and at Queen City Q in Charlotte. The $2 scratch-and-sniff tickets will bring a chance to win up to $25,000 and to enter a secondary drawing for one of 10 prizes of 100 pounds of pork and a Big Green ...
Sep 1, 2015, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. legislators look to expand lottery
Lawmakers in Raleigh are looking to place bets on the state lottery once again as a source of more money for education programs across North Carolina.
House and Senate budget negotiators are working on a plan, already adopted by the state Senate, that would significantly increase advertising of the lottery's scratch-off and other offerings, including the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot games. Another part of the plan, also backed by the Senate: Making a version of instant tickets availabl ...
Aug 22, 2015, 10:07 pm - Lottery News forum
NC lottery winner spent $9M bailing out convict fiancé
A North Carolina lottery winner used part of her $188 million Powerball jackpot to bail her convict fianc out of jail twice.
Lamar (Hot Sauce) McDow, accused of trafficking and intending to sell heroin, was released from a Brunswick County jail last week on $6 million bail.
While bondsmen do not have to release the name of who posted an inmate's bail, McDow's Powerball millionaire fianc e, Marie Holmes, likely footed the bill. Prosecutors said she bailed him out of jail once before, paying ...
Aug 15, 2015, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
$188 million lottery winner arrested on marijuana charges
North Carolina single mother Marie Holmes, who won the $188 million Powerball lottery in February, was arrested on July 23 for marijuana possession. Officers also arrested three other people from her home in Shallotte, North Carolina.
Holmes took home a lump sum $88 million after taxes in February. When she won, the 26-year-old single mother reportedly quit both of her jobs at Wal-Mart and McDonald's to care for her four young children, one of whom has cerebral palsy.
(See N.C. Powerball l ...
Jul 27, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
NC residents can now play lottery at the pump
North Carolina residents can now play jackpot lottery games while pumping their gas.
A new service being offered by the N.C. Education Lottery allows players to enter in the drawing in one of the jackpot games Powerball, Mega Million, or Carolina Cash 5 all from the convenience of their gas pump.
To use this service, customers will swipe a debit card at the pump to get Quick Pick numbers for the next drawing in their jackpot game of choice. A receipt will then print their numbers.
Jul 15, 2015, 4:46 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. man to buy his wife a Corvette after lottery win
By Todd Northrop
A Lexington, North Carolina, man who won a $377,241 lottery jackpot said he plans to buy his wife a Corvette convertible.
Michael Scarlett matched all five numbers in the April 16 Carlina Cash 5 drawing, according to lottery officials. He played a Quick Pick, meaning he allowed the lottery terminal to randomly assign his ticket numbers.
Scarlett learned of his big win when he checked his numbers on the lottery's website on Friday morning. He paints cars for Richard Chil ...
Apr 21, 2015, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
Bill would allow N.C. lottery winners to remain anonymous
Lottery players in North Carolina who win big money in the games from a Powerball jackpot to a $600 scratch-off ticket win can't keep it a secret.
State law says the names of lottery winners and what they won are public information.
But a House bill set for a hearing Wednesday would change that, requiring confidentiality unless the winners consent to having their information released.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County, said he's concerned current technology makes it ...
Mar 4, 2015, 9:56 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Powerball lottery winner claims share of jackpot worth $188 million
Second of three winning tickets claimed from $564 million jackpot draw
Includes video report
The North Carolina woman holding one of three winning tickets for the Feb. 11 Powerball drawing has cashed in her ticket.
Marie Holmes' lottery ticket matched all five white balls and the Powerball in the drawing. The winning numbers were 11, 13, 25, 39 and 54, with Powerball number 19.
(See Three tickets to split massive $564 million Powerball jackpot, Lottery Post, Feb. 12, 2015.)
She wa ...
Feb 24, 2015, 6:04 pm - Lottery News forum
NC Powerball winner identifies herself
A woman from Shallotte, North Carolina, has come forward with what she believes is the winning Powerball ticket from Wednesday's drawing.
A reporter who spoke with 26-year-old Marie Holmes confirms the numbers and date on her ticket match those that were drawn for the $188 million payout.
I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw the ticket and checked it, Holmes explained with a noticeable grin. The mother of four said she screamed after the winning numbers were drawn Wedne ...
Feb 13, 2015, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. man wins $4M lottery, joins friend in 'the millionaires' club'
A lumber yard supervisor from Rutherfordton, North Carolina, is the first player in the state to win $4 million instantly playing the $200 Million Blowout game.
With his win, Henry Smith became the third Rutherford County player to scratch off a seven-figure lottery prize.
Rodger Keith Melton, of Spindale, won $2.6 million in 2013. Dan Royal, of Forest City, won $5.2 million in 2013 and happens to be a friend of Smith's, according to a news release from the North Carolina Lottery Education ...
Dec 16, 2014, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum