N.C. woman hits Cash 5 jackpot for second time
A North Carolina woman plans to live debt-free this year, after she won a Cash 5 jackpot in the state lottery on Thursday, her second Cash 5 win over the years.
Lisa Williard of Harmony first beat the odds in 2008, when she won $363,041, lottery officials said. Thursday night, she and two other people won the $1,065,423 jackpot.
It's like being struck by lightning twice, Williard told lottery officials. What are the odds?
The odds of winning a Cash 5 jackpot are 1 in 749,398, official ...
Jan 17, 2017, 12:03 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery chief refutes state study
By Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery
One benefit of a state lottery is that as North Carolinians win the lottery, their prize money is subject to the collection of any debts owed to state and local governments.
The lottery makes every effort to ensure all debts are collected from every prize, $600 or more. No exceptions. So far, more than $11 million that would have gone uncollected has been collected from lottery prizes. That's a benefit to all whom the money ...
Dec 26, 2016, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum
Study: N.C. Lottery scammers have cheated state out of $7 million
Lottery scammers have cheated North Carolina out of an estimated $7 million in back taxes and delinquent child support since 2009, a non-partisan arm of the General Assembly said.
At the request of a state legislator, the Fiscal Research Division teamed up with a UNC-Chapel Hill statistician to calculate the loss following an Observer investigation that found dozens of players winning the lottery so often that their luck defies logic.
Highlighted in the Observer's series was a lucrative se ...
Dec 7, 2016, 3:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Play at the Pump slow to take off in NC
In January 2015, the North Carolina Education Lottery joined an effort to make convenience stores more convenient for potential lottery players by allowing them to play the lottery digitally while filling up their gas tanks.
Play at the Pump, a cloud-based payment platform, allows people to play Mega Millions, Powerball and Cash 5 without going into the store. With the swipe of a debit card and a $1 transaction fee, players can get their numbers for the next drawing.
Linq3, an Atlanta soft ...
Dec 3, 2016, 9:16 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. man safeguards winning lottery ticket inside of paint sprayer
When most people win the lottery, their first thought is how to spend the money. When Christopher Gueho of Fletcher won $750,000 playing Jumbo Bucks, his first thought was where to hide his ticket.
I was a nervous wreck, Gueho said.
Gueho, a maintenance worker at a retirement home, wanted to keep his ticket in a safe place until he could claim his prize.
At first I thought I'd store it in the spare room at my mom's home, Gueho said. Then I thought maybe the freezer, because no one wou ...
Nov 8, 2016, 8:28 am - Lottery News forum
Trying to teach husband not to buy lottery tickets, woman wins $1 million
An Asheville area woman hit it big, and you might say she got schooled by the North Carolina Education Lottery.
Glenda Blackwell, of Leicester, North Carolina, claimed her $1 million prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
Blackwell said she wanted to teach her husband a lesson about buying too many lottery tickets.
Blackwell said she was irritated by her husband's request to buy some Powerball tickets, so she decided to get a Carolina Millions scratch-off ticket for herself.
Oct 24, 2016, 7:05 pm - Lottery News forum
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