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Mac’n’cheese run turns into a $200,000 win for Wayne County man

October 16, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:24 PM

On Wednesday, Marquetton Carraway of Goldsboro ran into a store to grab mac’n’cheese for dinner and walked out $200,000 richer.

“I was actually going to the store to by macaroni and cheese to cook,” Carraway recalled. “When I got to the counter, the man gave me my change and I was about to walk out the store until something told me to, ya know, buy a ticket.”

And so he did.

He waited until he got home to scratch the $5 Mega Bucks ticket, and couldn’t believe what he saw. He immediately called his mom.

“At the time, she was on a business call,” said Carraway. “And I told her that her business was now over.”

He sent her a picture of the ticket and asked her to “make sure I’m not seeing things.” She confirmed the big win.

Carraway bought his lucky ticket from Madison Market Grill on Madison Avenue in Goldsboro. He claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $141,501.

He says the first thing he’ll do is buy a house and treat his family to all the things they couldn’t do before they came into their big win.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million a year for education. For details on how $8 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Wayne County in 2019, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.


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10/18/2020 08:58 - Tikeshia S.

Thanks Herman for your thoughts on what triples you believe are due but I doubt the lottery will let either one of those hit. Triple 999 is way more overdue and the way they are quick to block the numbers like triple 555 which they blocked a lot these past 2 months. I still say it’s best to play them ALL! Good Luck to you sir!!!

10/18/2020 11:20 - Herman S.

Hello Tikeshia, tripple 777 and 222 are due to drop sometime within the next 12 days. Hoping to hit on my side as trips are overdue. Good luck.

10/18/2020 10:09 - Sarah B.

Hi Tikeshia, The odds of a particular set of numbers or triple coming out in a drawing are the same as in a Pick 3 drawing anywhere else -- exactly 1 in 1,000. Those odds never change, no matter how recently or long ago that number came out. We love it when popular numbers come up, because that means our players win a bunch of prizes! But for draw games to be fair, every number has to have the same chance of being drawn. We have strict security procedures in place to ensure this. Since each drawing is an independent event, Every combination has a 1 in 1,000 chance of being drawn in each and every drawing whether it was drawn yesterday, last month, or never. In games where you can choose numbers from 0-9, it’s no surprise that we see similar patterns come up every so often.

10/17/2020 08:38 - Tikeshia S.

Hi Lottery Headquarters, it appears the announcers are calling the incorrect numbers, a few months ago while watching the live drawing you could clearly hear a male voice signaling for the announcer to stop calling the numbers. Now we are seeing the same numbers over & over & over & over, but no pick 3 triple numbers since May???? Seems a little selfish that it’s been months and not one triple yet, and please stop saying it’s random, there’s patterns and stating the odds of the lottery numbers. I can’t be the only one looking forward to seeing a triple on the pick 3. Maybe every lottery player in NC should boycott the lottery pick 3 game until there’s a triple. I’m interested in hearing for the lottery folks and their explanation for this. Thanks for your attention in advance!NC Lottery
Hi Tikeshia, Please see our reply above. Thanks!

10/17/2020 07:33 - robert d.

now u can buy some 24,s foe yo kar

10/17/2020 01:33 - Tim M.

LZ, it's under Game Info, 5 out of 5. 71K and change. I just checked, it STILL reads like that!NC Lottery
Hey Tim, Thanks for pointing that out. Looks like it was a small error and it should be fixed now. Thanks!

10/17/2020 11:06 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you, Enjoy your win ! I wish you many more happy wins.

10/17/2020 09:56 - JOANN M.

Ok since the lottery announcer made the mistake of reading the wrong numbers will the player's that played 168 get any kind of compensation for playing 169?NC Lottery
Hi Joann, During the evening draw for Friday, Oct. 16, the host misread the a few of the numbers that were drawn. 7-9-8 were the only official winning numbers. We apologize for the confusion this caused.

10/17/2020 04:16 - Tim M.

LZ, what's up with Friday's Cash 5? Supposedly a $110K jackpot and only a little over $71K awarded? Surely this is a mistake like was made some time ago, correct?NC Lottery
Hi there Tim, We're not sure where you're seeing the $71K number, but the winning amount for last night's drawing was $110,000. With Cash 5, the jackpot always starts at $100,000.

10/17/2020 12:26 - Percy M.

On October 16, 2020, your announcer gave out the wrong pick 3 number. She said it was 168 when actually the video showed 798. Please make certain that they read the numbers correctly in the future. Thanks, and CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners. PercyNC Lottery
Hi Percy, Thanks for pointing that out. During the evening draw last night, our host misread a few of the numbers. We apologize for any confusion this caused you!

10/16/2020 08:52 - Ric L.

CONGRATS to you.Has the Cash 5 winners for 9/5 and 9/24 come to claim there prize yet?NC Lottery
Hi Ric, The $1.2 million jackpot from the Sept. 24 drawing has been claimed, but the $816,451 jackpot from the Sept, 5 drawing has not.

10/16/2020 03:28 - Douglas H.

OUTSTANDING Win Marquetton !!!!! Congratulations to you and your family :-)

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