$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
N.C. woman plays lottery for first time, wins $100K
North Carolina Education Lottery officials say a Greensboro woman played the lottery for the first time and won big.
Jamiela Hardick told officials she wanted to try her luck Monday with two lottery tickets. She won $5 on one and $100,000 on the other.
She said she bought a $5 Crossword 10K ticket and a $5 Mega Bucks ticket at the Sheetz on West Wendover Avenue in Greensboro. She won her $5 back on the Crossword 10K ticket and the top prize of the Mega Bucks game.
After taxes were withh ...
Sep 19, 2014, 3:37 pm - Lottery News forum
'All or Nothing' coming to North Carolina Lottery
By Todd Northrop
A popular new lottery game format is now finding its way to North Carolina.
Starting September 7, North Carolina lottery players will be able to buy tickets for the latest North Carolina Lottery game called All or Nothing.
In the new game, players choose 12 numbers from a total pool of 24 numbers, and they can win the top prize by matching either all or none of the 12 numbers drawn to the numbers on their game ticket.
The top prize is $250,000.
All or Nothing is t ...
Aug 12, 2014, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. school construction lottery money doesn't really build schools
Includes video report
Where does the North Carolina Education Lottery money go? You know, you buy a ticket, you put money into the education lottery, and you think all that money goes to North Carolina schools. But that is not quite how it works.
Of every dollar, 61% goes back into the lottery for prizes, 28% goes to education, and 11% go back to retailers and the lottery for administration.
Of that 28 percent for schools, the Education Lottery website says 45.8% goes to teacher pay, 20 ...
Jul 10, 2014, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum