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North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL)
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-High Point Man Power Plays His Way to $1 Million-
-Fayetteville Man Matches Five to Win $205,859 "Carolina Cash 5" Top Prize-
-Scotland County Man Wins $100,000 Mega Bucks-
RALEIGH - Terry Palmatier of High Point is the last top prize winner on the “Lifetime Riches” instant scratch-off game. This morning he claimed his winnings—$50,000 a year for life!

Palmatier says he took his winnings from a “$500,000 Jackpot” ticket to buy a “Lifetime Riches” ticket. “It was bought by chance,” he said. “I almost took my money and left.”

Palmatier bought his winning ticket at Circle K #1510 on River Pointe Place in High Point. He has already received his first check, which was $34,003.20 after taxes, and says he plans to use part of it to take his grandchildren to Disney World.

For another High Point man, Powerball is his lucky game. Timothy Rouse of High Point bought a ticket for the Sept. 2 Powerball drawing and says he forgot to check his numbers until he overheard someone say that there was a $1 million winning ticket sold in High Point. Rouse says when he got home he checked his numbers online and was in disbelief as the numbers on his ticket started matching those drawn.

Rouse bought his winning ticket at Kash Mart on Westchester Drive in High Point and paid an extra dollar to Power Play it. That increased the normal $200,000 prize to $1 million. Rouse says he will use his winnings, which were $680,000.64 after taxes, to pay off his mortgage and start a college fund for his children.

In the Saturday, Sept. 5 Powerball drawing, five tickets sold in North Carolina matched four out of five white balls plus the Powerball. Two of the five tickets were Power Played and are worth $30,000 each since the Power Play multiplier was three. These tickets were sold at Vern’s Country Corner on West Church Street in Richfield and North Catawba Superette on Union Grove Road in Lenoir.

The other three tickets that matched four out of five white balls plus the Powerball were not Power Played and are worth $10,000 each. The winning tickets were sold at Eighty Six Convenient Mart on N.C. Highway 86 North in Providence, Triangle Stop Food Store on Rosman Highway in Brevard, and Enochville Food Center on North Enochville Avenue in China Grove.

A total of 39,230 North Carolina Powerball players won prizes in the Saturday, Sept. 5 Powerball drawing ranging from $30,000 to $3 for a total payout in prizes worth $364,730. No one matched all five white balls plus the Powerball to win the jackpot, so the jackpot for the Wednesday, Sept. 9 Powerball drawing is an estimated $67 million.

John McLeod of Fayetteville is the latest “Carolina Cash 5” big winner. His ticket for the Sept. 4 drawing matched all five numbers drawn to win the $205,859 top prize!

McLeod bought his winning ticket, worth $139,984.76 after taxes, at Little Reno Billiards on South Eastern Boulevard in Fayetteville. He says he will use his winnings to pay off his mortgage and make some home improvements.

A new car is in the future for Bernard Gay of Laurinburg. Gay won $100,000 ($68,001.60 after taxes) playing the “Mega Bucks” instant scratch-off game he purchased at Nic’s Pic Kwik #2 on North Main Street in Laurinburg. Gay says he scratched off the ticket while in the parking lot of the store and told his friend, “I guess we’ll be going to Raleigh!” All claims of $100,000 or more must be made at the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) headquarters. Gay claimed his winnings this morning.

The NCEL has paid out more than $6.2 million total in instant scratch-off ticket prizes since Thursday, Sept. 3. Also since Thursday, “Carolina Pick 3” players have won more than $1.1 million. “Carolina Pick 4” players have won nearly $330,000 and 20 tickets won the top prize of $5,000. “Carolina Cash 5” players have won more than $365,000.

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