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
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