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Tradition of playing the lottery leads Wilkesboro brothers to a $277,777 prize

April 10, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:12 PM

A tradition of playing the lottery together led Orman Walls of Wilkesboro and his brother Jimmie to a $277,777 prize.

“We play the lottery and watch our soaps,” Orman joked. “It’s what we do for fun. We don’t cook much anymore, so we go out to eat and then get some lottery tickets.”

That’s what they were doing Saturday night when they stopped by the Market Basket on NC 268 in Wilkesboro. Orman got some tickets for both of them, including the new ‘777’ game. They went back to the car. Jimmie started driving home. Orman started scratching. Just before they got home, Orman said, “I think I have a winner.” Jimmie pulled over, grabbed the ‘777’ ticket and said, “I think you’re right, but we should go back and check, just to make sure.” He turned the car around and went back to the store. 
“Everybody was celebrating,” Jimmie said. “One of the ladies who worked there looked at the ticket and jokingly asked me, ‘Are you married?’ I pointed to my brother and said, ‘He’s the one who bought the ticket.’”

The brothers claimed their prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, they split $195,837. Orman plans to save the money. Jimmie plans to use some of the money to help send his daughter and three granddaughters on a New England vacation.

The $5 game launched earlier this month with four top prizes of $277,777. Two top prizes remain.

Ticket sales from instant games like ‘777’ make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education.



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4/22/2018 06:52 - William N.

I just bought 3 $30 EXTREME MILLIONS scratchers and didn't win ANYTHING. Nothing over $10 from here on.

4/17/2018 11:04 - Christina D.

Congratulations! We need big wins like this in Madison NC.

4/15/2018 07:24 - Brenda C.


4/14/2018 08:14 - Richard M.

Congrats - Glad to see someone winning Did 62 cards - won $10.... pitiful.

4/13/2018 04:42 - CARL S.

Congrats , Enjoy the blessing , I'm waiting for my blessing to come through.

4/13/2018 03:58 - John R.

Dang, I used to live there and bought tickets many times at that store. Oh well. btw, we need more games that generate more $1 million winners than a single huge winner. CREATE MORE WINNERS when you stop concentrating 75% of prize pool for the top prizes. Imagine a game that took top prize of 10 million and created 10,000 winners of $1,000!!!! I'D PLAY THAT GAME LIKE CRAZY. Speaking of which, what do you do with the $10million when there's no winner? Just curious ;) NC Lottery
Good questions and thanks for the feedback. The lottery is offering some games along the line that you mention. Lots of $10,000 has 210 $10,000 prizes. $500 Frenzy had 12,500 prizes of $500 to be won. With unclaimed prizes, half goes to the good cause the lottery serves - education - and the other half goes into prizes for players.

4/13/2018 12:16 - Thomas C.

Half of the big winnings seem to be outside of Charlotte and don't think it's fair to some of us who waste money playing everyday

4/13/2018 11:11 - Sethwind R.

The Westernmost counties of the state have had the fewest prizes. That trend has continued for the last two years. No million dollar prizes west of Asheville since 2016. Players, don't waste your hard-earned money at mountain NCEL retailers!

4/11/2018 01:11 - Mary H.

Congratulations. :)

4/11/2018 12:08 - Michael P.

2nd Chance Drawing Question: Is their any public notification on the second chance drawing entries. Specifically, so we can calculate the odds based upon how many entries we have? I did not see that information on the site anywhere. Did I miss it? Also, if we don't say it in the community much, we appreciate all you do at the lottery office. Thank You! :) NC Lottery
How many entries are in each drawing is a moving target till the entry deadline passes. The lottery can provide updates on a weekly basis and when the entry deadline passes. Included on our todo list is working out a way to post this info on a regular basis, but we are not there yet. Until we get there, we're glad to field your question and get you an answer. Thank you for the kind words.

4/11/2018 06:18 - Mike S.

April is being good to some LZ members! 2 - 3 time winners and 1 - 2 time winner so far...

4/10/2018 11:50 - wendy f.

Wonderful winnings! Congratulations

4/10/2018 09:01 - Gregory F.

It has happened again does anybody else notice this two more big money scratch tickets in the western part of the state are the Raleigh Durham area. The lottery know where the big money is at I am convinced of this. This is very z discouragingto me.can't win anyting in Ahoskie era. Congratulations to the two winners you both are truly blessed by God.

4/10/2018 07:55 - Billy W.

Congratulations my mom hit a 100 on the same scratch off today and you would have thought she hit the big one and by the way our last is Walls also in Granville county But Congratulations

4/10/2018 08:45 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

4/09/2018 06:47 - Debra K.

Nice to see someone winning Big Money in our area for a change. Congratulations.

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