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Luck strikes Craven County newlyweds a second time

November 6, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 11:15 AM

After winning a $50,000 Powerball prize three days before her wedding, Genia Harrell of Vanceboro is celebrating her one-year-anniversary with a second lottery win.

“It’s crazy,” Harrell said. “It’s unbelievable. I didn’t’ think it would happen again.”

Harrell won her first prize in October of 2018. Just over a year later, she won $5,000 in the Lottery’s October Lucke-Rewards drawing. Harrell found out she won when she read the official winner notification email from the lottery.

“I had to read it about four times before it set in,” Harrell said. “At first I thought it was just telling me that I had a chance to win, but when I realized it said I won again, I couldn’t believe it.”

She immediately called her husband to share the good news.

“He was really excited,” Harrell said. “Winning twice like this is incredible. It’s almost like it’s a sign that our marriage was meant to be.”

Harrell claimed her prize Monday at the lottery claim center in Greenville. 

Harrell used the money from her first prize to pay for their honeymoon to Charleston. S.C.. This time, she said she’s going to use the money to make Christmas something they’ll both remember.



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11/09/2019 12:35 - Debbie C.


11/08/2019 10:43 - Brenda S.

Fanastic. Maybe go for the third time, things run in threes.

11/08/2019 08:10 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you both.

11/07/2019 05:31 - Dennis H.

Why is there no winners showing for the Oct draw for the 5 that won $5000. When I open it only shows no winners yet.NC Lottery
Hey Dennis, Not to worry! The drawing was held as scheduled and all of the winners were notified. We are working to get those names updated on the site as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!

11/07/2019 12:18 - Della B.

I don't see where you logoutNC Lottery
Hi there Della, You can log out by clicking your username in the upper right corner and selecting "Sign out" at the bottom of the Dashboard.

11/07/2019 12:04 - Mark M.

I was in lucky rewards and when they went to the new system, everything was lost and got ZEROED out. Thank you.NC Lottery
Hi Mark, Please reach out to our support team at and someone there should be able to help get this squared away.

11/06/2019 11:19 - Arthur A.

Happy for you

11/06/2019 09:28 - Sam M.

Real lucky

11/06/2019 04:51 - Robert C.

Some people got it and most folks don't. I think the secret is not caring about winning and don't expect it.

11/06/2019 03:46 - Mary W.

WOW!!!! Congratulations!!

11/06/2019 01:10 - Gregory F.

The lucky rewards are not doing me much so far. I have been playing for about four years and never won anything. I don't know maybe my luck will change. I'll keep playing a little more.

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