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Good luck strikes twice for Pender County man

March 19, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 11:38 AM

Two and a half years after a $200,000 lottery win, Israel Carbajal of Pender County found out luck can strike twice when he won another $100,000 prize.

He turned $5 into $200,000 after playing the $500 Frenzy scratch-off game in July of 2017.

Last week, Carbajal stopped at Yaya’s Mini Mart located on N.C. 210 in Currie for a bottle of water after work and a $25 scratch-off ticket.

Carbajal had to look at his Extreme Cash scratcher three or four times to make sure what he saw was really a $100,000 win.

“When I scratched it,” he said, “I saw the number and I thought it was $100, but it was a lot more. It was $100,000, yep!”

Carbajal claimed his $100,000 prize at lottery headquarters on Tuesday. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $70,757.

He says he will use the money to take care of his father’s medical expenses and upgrade his six-year-old car for a newer Honda.

The Extreme Cash game started in March 2020 with three $1 million top prizes and 10 $100,000 prizes. Two $1 million prizes and nine $100,000 prizes remain to be won.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have helped all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.


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3/25/2020 06:15 - Berry B.

That is what I love,two X's,much Love to you!!

3/21/2020 10:52 - Lina A.

Wow congratulations,Second time winner Is awesome ,keep playing you definitely have good luck

3/21/2020 07:17 - Keshawn M.


3/21/2020 06:55 - avery f.

Congratulations my day is coming

3/20/2020 07:41 - Phil G.

Nice going, hope you win some more.

3/20/2020 06:47 - elizabeth j.


3/20/2020 05:15 - Ann F.

You are right. Bringing the same numbers over and over

3/20/2020 03:37 - Michael R.

NC lottery has gone to the garbage when it comes to the pick 3 and pick 4 numbers. Those are the worst numbers drawn ive ever seen . Everybody i talk to say they cant hit jack. I believe the numbers drawn are the numbers with the least payout for that drawing. NC Lottery
Sorry to hear you aren't having more luck lately, Michael. There are extensive security measures in place to protect the integrity of every drawing. Daily drawings are always conducted under the supervision of an independent auditor who verifies that the results are accurate. You're welcome to come to WRAL-TV studios to watch the entire process to see the care that is taken.

3/20/2020 05:22 - Mark Z.


3/19/2020 07:29 - Ann B.

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