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South Carolina man celebrates $500,000 second-chance win

July 8, 2024 Posted by NC Lottery at 3:43 PM
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William Wood of Charleston, S.C. tried his luck in a second-chance drawing and won a $500,000 prize.

Wood found out he won the prize in Wednesday’s $10 Million Spectacular Second Chance drawing when he got an email from the lottery. There were more than 1.9 million entries in the drawing.

He claimed his winnings Monday at lottery headquarters and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $357,500.

Players get a second chance with their $10 Million Spectacular tickets by scanning the tickets into their lottery accounts where they are automatically entered into the drawing. Wood won the prize in the second of four $10 Million Spectacular Second Chance drawings. The date for the next drawing is March 5.


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7/13/2024 03:54 - Margaret G.

I’m confused..how could he enter and win a second chance drawing if he lives in South Carolina. Did he drive to N.C. to enter his tickets. This is the kind of news that’s makes you wonder about lottery results. The answer to this question should be very interesting.NC Lottery
Hi, Margaret! The only way players could enter this second chance drawing is by scanning the $10 Million Spectacular scratch-off ticket, which would need to be purchased at a North Carolina retailer while in our state. Players do not need to be permanent residents of NC to play our games or enter tickets online, but purchases must be made while in NC. Every entry in our second chance drawings has the same odds of being randomly selected to win - no matter who that entry belongs to or where the player is from. It just takes a lot of luck!

7/13/2024 05:57 - Roger K.

Wow! People can win from out of state, but not me, and I live in state!

7/11/2024 03:57 - John J.

I would love to see the selection process if I weren't in bad health. It's sickening to see the same names winning over and over, rewards drawings mostly. I've had thousands of 2nd chance entrees and not a dollar to show for it. Guess how many scratch-offs I bought to get those points? I think if I knew that, I would be much more disappointed....

7/11/2024 07:48 - John J.

Poor North Carolina residents! The NCEL 2nd chance drawing system is totally unfair to us. My profile says I have over 41,312 entrees and never a win. That it takes only 1 entree to win is bull, and I DON'T believe it. How can a state where you are a struggling 72 year resident do that to you and give bogus excuses to long time players...disgusting to be honest.NC Lottery
Hi, John! We're sorry your entries weren't winners this time. Each entry has the same exact odds of being randomly selected by the RNG. In this drawing, we received almost 2 million entries. Having more entries increases a player's odds of being a winner, but sometimes it only takes one lucky entry - it's all luck of the draw! All of our practices are audited to ensure fairness for all players, and all of our drawings, including second chance draws, are open to the public. You're welcome to contact our security team at 888-732-6235 and arrange a time for you to come observe the process in person, if you're interested!

7/10/2024 06:17 - Latasha D.

Wow Congratulations ????

7/10/2024 02:35 - Tiffany H.

First of all, congratulations! I have had almost 2,000 second chance drawings and not one win. However, you see repeated winners on the list. I guess lucky them!NC Lottery
Hey there, Tiffany! Winners are only able to win one prize per drawing, though winning in one drawing doesn't disqualify a winner from winning again in another future drawing. We're sorry to hear you weren't a winner this time, but we're wishing you lots of luck in the future!

7/10/2024 09:55 - Robert f.

Congratulations from Charlotte NC I sure could use a big win like that,l have been trying for years.NC Lottery
We're crossing our fingers for you, Robert! Here's hoping for a big win soon!

7/09/2024 11:06 - LaTosha B.

Awesome! Congratulations ??

7/09/2024 09:52 - Gina C.

Yeah DWIGHT T; Charleston is a LONG WAY FROM NC....Being brutally HONEST, I'm NOT happy about this win AT ALL. NC Residents buying MULTIPLE $50 tickets.....FOR WHAT??????!!!!!!!NC Lottery
Hi there, Gina! This winner purchased a $10 Million Spectacular ticket while in our state and entered it into Lucke-Rewards to earn points and an entry into this drawing. There is no requirement that players need to be permanent residents of NC to win - just as many of our players let us know they visit other states to play lottery games, folks from all over are able to play NC Lottery games while in our state. A player does need to be physically located in NC at the time of purchase to buy a ticket, whether they're buying in store or through Online Play (where location is determined using geolocation). With those tickets, they can earn Lucke-Rewards points and second chance entries, if applicable. Every entry has the same odds of being a winner in each drawing, it can just take a lot of luck!

7/09/2024 08:11 - wanda s.

I thought you have to live in north carolina to enter the second chance on line. CongratsNC Lottery
Hi, Wanda! While a player does need to be physically located within North Carolina borders at the time of purchase to buy NC Lottery tickets, whether in person or online, players do not need to be permanent residents to play or enter for a chance to win. This winner purchased a $10 Million Spectacular ticket while in our state and entered it in the drawing, and their entry had the same odds of being randomly selected as any other entry!

7/09/2024 05:12 - kenny h.

So you’re saying a winner on 2nd chance doesn’t have to have a N.C. residence? That’s totally BS How about having an extra drawing to make up for this horse manure. Happy for the dude. Just not happy for regular N.C. players. A lot of states have rules about lottery drawings. Ridiculous.NC Lottery
Hi, Kenny! Anyone who purchases a lottery ticket while physically located in our state, whether they live here permanently or are just passing through, are able to enter that ticket on our website and earn Lucke-Rewards points and Second Chance entries. While the vast majority of entries are from permanent residents of our state, we encourage all who play the NC Lottery to participate, and it only takes one lucky entry to be a winner!

7/09/2024 03:03 - Davina M.

yasssss...congrats!!!Be BLESSED!!

7/09/2024 11:02 - Dwight T.

Charleston is a long way from North Carolina were did he get is ticketsNC Lottery
Hey there, Dwight! We aren't sure where the original tickets were purchased, as this was a win from a second chance drawing. However, any tickets purchased while in North Carolina are eligible to be entered for Lucke-Rewards points and second chance entries, if applicable! Every entry in each drawing has the same odds of being randomly selected - it just takes a lot of luck!

7/09/2024 10:19 - Jackie A.

Congratulation's. I wonder how the lottery sales are going. I used to enjoy looking at the lottery commission minutes to see how the sales were going.NC Lottery
Hi there, Jackie! We're happy to report that our sales and our earnings for education are going strong! Additionally, you can find commission report minutes on our website here: https://nclottery.com/commission.

7/09/2024 03:18 - Paula F.

Congratulations ????

7/09/2024 02:18 - Shawn S.

I’ve seen where NCEL says the random number generator picks the 2nd chance winners. Then some people ARE REALLY lucky! Looking through the history of winners, I have noticed ALOT of the same names repeatedly. One stands out in “north Durham” location. Very odd?!NC Lottery
Hey there, Shawn! Sometimes it only takes one lucky entry to win - each entry has the same odds of being randomly selected in a drawing, though having more entries does increase a player's odds of being a lucky winner. Player names and locations are verified when players claim prizes, though the information displayed is based on the account info that was added by a player, hence why we can see variations in capitalization or in this case, "North Durham". Hope this helps to clarify!

7/08/2024 11:21 - MICHAEL B.

Congratulations on your win

7/08/2024 09:55 - Vivian p.

Congratulations William on your Winnings. Enjoy

7/08/2024 09:47 - william j.

Enjoy William..I'm also William, every drawing each month and years, I had a gud feeling this one would be my time...I checked emails every hour that day ?? same results again..

7/08/2024 07:01 - Dwight T.

Charleston is a long way from North Carolina for him to win.

7/08/2024 04:19 - Priscilla G.

Congratulations!!!To all winners!!!

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