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Video: Players win big in January!

February 7, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:00 AM

Our players started the year off with a bang! Folks across the state claimed 18 prizes of $100,000 or more in January, including one Lucky for Life $1,000 A Day For Life prize and four $1 million prizes.

Every winner has a special story that they’ll never forget. We love hearing each one. Here’s a quick recap of some of our favorites:

James Paschal of Broadway became the first North Carolina player to win $1 million in the new decade. His good fortune happened when he stopped at the Fastee Mart on Lee Avenue in Sanford and bought a Big Money scratch-off ticket. “I was shell-shocked,” he said. “I thought I was reading it wrong. When I told my wife, she started screaming. We jumped up and down and hugged each other.”

On his way to play golf, Skip Brinson of Richlands stopped at the Handy Mart on Richlands Highway in Jacksonville and bought two $250,000 WIN IT ALL scratch-offs. His first ticket won him $10. He sunk a $250,000 prize on the second. “It’s just one of those things,” he said as he collected his prize. “I wasn’t expecting to do anything, and there it was.”

Jacqueline Carpenter of Dallas started 2020 off with a big win after her son bought her a BIG SPIN scratch-off ticket and she won $100,000. Her son, Adrian, came with her when she claimed her prize. “It’s a heck of a way to start 2020,” Adrian said. “She was ecstatic. She was literally floating. It gave me pure joy to see her so happy.”

Damian Zepponi of Winston-Salem won the prize of a lifetime – $1,000 a day for life, for the rest of her life – when she matched all six numbers on her Lucky For Life ticket. “I couldn’t do anything,” she said, “but sit and cry and be amazed.”

Congratulations to all of January’s big winners! We’re looking forward to making 2020 the winningest year yet.


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2/16/2020 07:51 - joanie m.

Congratulations everyone

2/12/2020 01:12 - Shawndrea P.

Wow!!! Congrats to all the winners!!! I’m looking forward to my name being on this list soon for hitting big!!! I claim it!!!

2/12/2020 12:42 - Shone W.

I've put in 1000's of second chances and haven't ever won nothing. I don't understand it.NC Lottery
We wish every player could be a big winner, but the prize money comes from non-winning tickets. Our second-chance drawings often have millions of entries, and it takes a lot of lucky to be the lucky person who wins. The more entries you make into a drawing, the better your odds, but sometimes all it takes to win is having one lucky entry. Best of luck to you.

2/11/2020 07:00 - Patrice G.

Not too many winners East of Raleigh! I do believe that if you are not a generally lucky person you are wasting your time and money. I am not one of those generally lucky people, yet here I am! NC Lottery
If you read the blog long enough, you'll see that we have winners in all different places across North Carolina. We get similar comments from players in every region of the state--some notice that there are many winners in the east. Some say the same thing about the west. Many think that only big cities have big winners. And some mention that a lot of big winners are from small towns. The truth is that it takes a lot of luck to win no matter where you live or play - big city or small town, east or west!

2/09/2020 05:36 - Michael R.

Im a pick 3 and pick 3 lottery player and i swear nc draws the ugliest numbers. i live near the va borderline and just about everybody here says Va draws much better numbers. I dont know if its just a coincidence or not but NC gotta do better for their players

2/09/2020 05:17 - Monique H.

Congrats winners!!!

2/08/2020 07:57 - Latoya S.

Congratulations ??

2/07/2020 08:21 - Rachel P.

How many entries were in the resolution rewards drawing?NC Lottery
Hi Rachel, The Resolution Rewards drawing had 2,621,291 entries.

2/07/2020 06:31 - William D.

glad to see the map back hope it here to stay.

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