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 ...
Yesterday, 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
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