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North Carolina Army Veteran Wins $200 Thousand

Army veteran, Trevon Logan, just won a $200,000.00 lottery prize on her 45th birthday!

“It’s the best birthday gift I could as for,” said Logan.  Discussing her strategy, she reported, “I like playing the first or last ticket.”  It seems like sticking to the same strategy finally paid off for her!  Logan says that when she saw the store clerk opening a new book of tickets she asked for the first one.

Logan claimed her prize on April 26, 2017, and received a lump-sum of $139,003 after state and federal taxes.

Logan plans to pay bills and send her granddaughter to college with her prize money. “I want to make sure her education is taken care of,” she adds.

Congratulations and happy birthday to Trevon.  We’re glad your lotto-strategy worked!

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A Wife Wins the Lottery while trying to Teach her Husband that the Lottery is a Waste of Money

A North Carolina woman became the lucky winner of $1,000,000.00 after purchasing a scratch-off ticket to show her husband that the lottery was a waste of money.

57-year-old Glenda Blackwell purchased a $10 Carolina Millions scratch-off ticket on Saturday, October 29th after her husband asked her to buy two Powerball tickets.  She purchased the scratch-off instead to teach him a lesson about wasting money on a lottery, which she said he would never win.

Blackwell learned a lesson instead—you don’t know if you’ll win unless you play!

Blackwell said, “I was going to be ugly and buy a scratch-off instead” to show him that you never win anything and that, “you’re just wasting your money.”

Blackwell had to swallow her words when she realized that she actually hit the $1 Million Jackpot!  While she didn’t get to teach her husband a lesson, she’s MUCH happier with this outcome.

Blackwell collected a lump sum of $415,503.00 after taxes.

She plans on using her prize money to put her two granddaughters through college and buying a new house.

Congratulations to Blackwell and her husband.  We hope they enjoy their new-found fortune and learn many more lessons together!

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North Carolina man Wins $10 Million from a Scratch-Off

North Carolina resident, David Winstead says he’s been playing the Ultimate Millions scratch off game two-at-a-time for a long time hoping to win big, and he finally did!

He purchased his winning ticket at a gas station on Louisburg Road. Daivd bought 2 tickets each time, for $60 total.  He scratched the first ticket in his truck and was in awe at what he revealed.  “I couldn’t believe it,” he exclaimed.  “I knew it was real, but it was a shock.”

Winstead immediately drove home to share the news with his wife.  It took a while for the great news to feel real.

He recalls a conversation with his wife, where she marveled that one night they were watching T.V., and the next night they were millionaires!

Winstead had the option to choose to take the prize as an annuity, receiving $500,000 a year for 20 years, or as a lump sum of $6 million.

He chose to take a lump sum for $ 6 million which came to $4,155,009 after taxes and fees.

The couple plans to spend the money on bills, making home improvements, setting up a college fund for their grandchildren, and donating to their church. Winstead also wants to make his dream of fishing in the Big Blue Marlin Tournament come true.

We hope you can make many of your wishes come true, David!  Congratulations to you and your family on the big win!

Winning Lottery Ticket in North Carolina Remains Unclaimed

Time is running out!  A winning lottery ticket for “$25,000 Every Year for Life” needs to be claimed soon, before the deadline—October 7th.

The winning ticket was purchased in Cary, North Carolina at a Local Harris Teeter on April 11th.

Lottery winners have 180 days from the win date, to claim a prize.  If the winner doesn’t come forward by the deadline, the ticket is no longer valid and the money goes back to the jackpot.

Check your tickets, North Carolinians!  We hope the winner comes forward to claim their prize!

How the North Carolina Educational Lottery Has Hurt Education

When North Carolina approved the first ever statewide lottery, known as “The North Carolina Education Lottery”, former governor Mike Easley promised that lottery sales would bring in “half-a-billion annually for education.”  Sounds great, right?  Too bad the state has done absolutely nothing to increase the money spent on education.  In fact, North Carolina now spends less on education than it did before the lottery was established in 2005.

The government lied to lottery players and schools by imposing permanent cuts in education funding and then filling those same cuts by using lottery funds.  This means that instead of providing extra money for education, they actually take away the money that is already in place and use the lottery earnings to replace it.  This has been a terrible mistake!  Over time they have also lessened the amount they’re replacing, so the schools get less money than they had to start.

Public school districts across the state are losing more and more permanent funding as lawmakers refuse to keep pace with inflation. School districts are being forced into difficult situations, where they either have to raise local taxes to make up the difference, or cut services and close schools.  The lottery money that was supposed to help fund programs such as college scholarships and pre-kindergarten programs is single-handedly decreasing the funding and in many cases shutting down the programs altogether.

Best Strategies for Winning NC Lottery Instant Scratch-Off Jackpots

5 Tips and an Excel spreadsheet guaranteed to improve your odds of winning North Carolina Lottery instant games.

North Carolina was a bit late to the state lottery game, as its legislature approved the game only in 2005, some say due to its “bible belt”-leaning constituency. To help grease the political skids, the lottery is officially called North Carolina Education Lottery (or NCEL).

However, since its inception, the state government has wasted no time in ratcheting up advertising and ways to play in hopes of juicing state revenue – and raiding the funds for non-educational uses as well.

The NC Lottery even introduced “Play at the Pump.” This is a convenient and fast way to play the Carolina Cash 5, Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot games. And they’ve made it super simple to play. You just have to swipe your debit card at the pump and drive away with your numbers for the next jackpot drawing.

The state lottery is also looking at “E-Instant” games. This would be Internet-based instant games that would allow registered players “to access a portfolio of interactive electronic games.” The games would be played on computers or on players’ phones.

NCEL offers 8 state-only games (like Carolina Pick 3, Carolina Pick 4, Carolina Cash 5, and All or Nothing ), 2 multi-state games (Mega Millions and Powerball), and dozens of scratch tickets with price points ranging from $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, and up to $30.

(Initially, the NCEL instant game tickets had an overall payout of 52%, the lowest among scratch tickets available through US lotteries. While its $1 instant tickets continue to pay out at roughly this level, its newer $2-and-up games now have higher-percentage payouts.)

However, all the NC Lottery draw games – despite what you might read online – are games of pure chance.

Sure, there are small things you can do to slightly improve your odds of winning the NC Lottery jackpot. But in general, the only real way to improve your odds is to purchase more tickets. The more lottery tickets you possess, the better your chance of becoming rich.

The North Carolina Lottery instant scratch-off games, also known as scratchers, are different.

Let me repeat. North Carolina Lottery drawings are games of chance because the numbers are drawn randomly – without human intervention. Scratch-off tickets are not random because a real person must determine how many total tickets to print, how many will be winning tickets and for what amounts, and how the winning tickets are dispersed geographically. All of these decisions are carefully crafted to maximize excitement and to draw players in and keep them playing.

In short, there is a formula to NC Lottery scratch-off games. The challenge is to figure it out.

January-coverA famous article in Wired Magazine details how Mohan Srivastava, a geological statistician living in Toronto, figured out one of the formulas.

“The tickets are clearly mass-produced, which means there must be some computer program that lays down the numbers,” Mr. Srivastava is quoted in Wired. “Of course, it would be really nice if the computer could just spit out random digits. But that’s not possible, since the lottery corporation needs to control the number of winning tickets [otherwise it could go bust]. The game can’t be truly random. Instead, it has to generate the illusion of randomness while actually being carefully determined.”

The article goes on to describe his approach. Although his particular method will no longer work on most (probably all) scratch-off tickets, the principle of “illusion of randomness” does still apply.

We can’t tell you the exact formula for your favorite NC scratch-off games, but we can offer strategies for dramatically improving your odds for winning money when playing instant cash games.

North Carolina Lottery Instant Games 5 Best Strategies

If you really want to win more when playing the NC Lottery instant lottery scratch-off games, start doing the following:

1. Buy all your North Carolina Lottery scratch-off tickets from the same roll at the same time.
lottery-tickets-rollYou can assume there are at least a few winners in every roll of tickets. Every time you get a losing ticket, you reduce your chances of losing by one ticket.

Do not buy different games. If you buy a new ticket from a different roll, the pool of losing tickets is much larger and your chances of getting a winning ticket goes down.

2. Don’t play everyday. Rather buy in bulk.
Building on tip #1, the odds are better if instead of buying one ticket every day for a week, you spend the same amount and buy 7 tickets at one time. Better yet, purchase your monthly allotment of scratch offs during one visit. Buying 30 tickets at once is much better than buying one a day.

3. Let others in North Carolina buy the losing tickets.
If you’re able to and have the time, hang around and watch others play. If you see a prolonged losing streak from a specific roll, your chances of getting a winning ticket increase because scratch-off tickets are sold with a guaranteed number of winners and losers in each pack.

You could also make friends with the cashier who could keep track for you.

4. Have the retailer’s computer check your losing tickets.
This isn’t about improving your odds necessarily, except that after scratching off 10, 15, or 20 tickets, it’s easy to miss matching symbols or numbers.

5. Strategically plan your play using math and a spreadsheet
Most scratch-off games publish on their websites the odds for each instant cash game. Many will often post prizes that have already been won for each game.

If you do nothing else, at least be sure to check the appropriate website to see which games still have top prizes available.

freelotto-spreadsheetNow to really improve your odds, let’s do a little math (there’s a spreadsheet at the end to make it easy).

We start with a simple concept: When NC Lottery tickets are sold and prizes won, the odds of winning change.

For example, if a game has sold many tickets, all or nearly all the top prizes could have already been won, so the odds of you winning that $1 million went from very small to virtually zero to perhaps zero if all the top prizes have been claimed.

However, sometimes the odds swing in your favor.

Simplifying the math for the example, let’s say 50% of the tickets have been sold but only 25% of the prizes have been claimed. Naturally, your odds of winning have gone up, or swung in your favor, by 50%. This would be a game you should play.

In reality, the odds never swing this much. In fact, most of the time, the odds vary only slightly. But a slight move in your direction can help and a few times, you’ll find significant swings that can make a worthwhile difference.

We’ve created a spreadsheet you can use to do the math for you. All you need to do is check the game’s website and fill in the numbers.

Here’s how the spreadsheet works for a single game:

First go to the North Carolina Lottery website to find the numbers for the game.

You can find the numbers for NC Lottery here:
Page for North Carolina Lottery Instant Game odds

You can find the remaining prizes here:
Page for North Carolina Lottery Instant Game remaining prizes

In column A, fill in the available prizes.

In column B, fill in the odds, which are usually stated as “1 in X.”

In column C, fill in total available prizes.

Column D automatically calculates the estimated number of tickets sold. The formula is:

Odds X Available Prizes = Printed Tickets

Column E automatically calculates your chances of winning.

In column F, fill in the claimed prizes as published on the NC Lottery website.

Column G automatically calculates the number of remaining prizes.

Column H is an important column. It estimates how many tickets have been sold. This is a number not provided by the website, but it’s critical in determining how the odds have changed.

To generate a reasonable estimate, the spreadsheet uses the estimated tickets sold of the lowest prize amount because this gives us the largest sample size and will be more accurate than the numbers with fewer prizes. You may have to adjust this number depending upon what numbers are available in the earlier columns.

Column I automatically takes the estimated tickets sold and subtracts from total tickets printed to get the estimated remaining tickets.

Column J automatically adjusts the odds based on the new numbers.

Column K automatically adjusts your chances of winning based on the new numbers.

Column L automatically determines how much your chances of winning have changed. Sometimes in your favor, represented by a green bold number, and sometimes against you, represented by a red number.

What does all this mean for the North Carolina Lottery Instant Games?

If the odds haven’t changed much, it means that the winning tickets have been evenly distributed throughout the packs, which is not unusual, but it means you can be assured of the following:

Watch for losing streaks from any specific pack. If you see someone else play a number of times in a row and lose, you should play next. A winner will likely follow because of the even distribution strategy.

Bottom line, don’t just walk into a store and purchase a few random NC Lottery tickets, unless you really don’t care and just want to have fun. But if you want to improve your odds, these strategies do help.

Download instant lottery scratch-off games spreadsheet


To download the spreadsheet to your computer after you’ve clicked on the button above, click the menu File while viewing the document, then choose Download As.

Note, this is a Google Doc so you DO NOT risk getting viruses or other crap you get if you download strange files or those ending in .exe. Google wouldn’t let that happen.

Enjoy the same excitement and chance to win instant cash as scratch-off games.

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Mom-of-four, 26, who 'quit her McDonald's job to care for disabled child' is one of three $564.1m Powerball winners

Sad follow up to great North Carolina lottery winner story

In February, we wrote about Marie Holmes, 26, from Shallotte, North Carolina, who was one of three winners for the Powerball $564.1 million prize, the fifth largest ever in America. Her original lottery story is here.

Marie had previously work at a local McDonald’s before quitting to take full time care of her children, one of whom was disabled.

It was a wonderful feel good story.

Well, it seems every silver cloud has a gray lining.

Just last night, Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies cited Ms. Holmes with possession of marijuana, having a half ounce or less of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at her home.

O.K., to many this may not be a big deal since marijuana is gradually becoming legal in more U.S. states. And it’s not like she’s selling it. And from the details of the story, it could be the the pot and a gun also present belong to another individual.

But jeeze, there are kids in the home. And it’s not exactly consistent with her quote at the time she won the lottery that she was going to buy a house and set up college funds for her children, though the first thing she was going to do is tithe to the church.

As they say in the U.S., that sucks.

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State lottery sales plummet 30% in early 2015

Are you suffering from jackpot fatigue?

If you are, you’re not alone.

Ticket sales for Mega Millions and Powerball games were down 30% for the first quarter, 2015.

Imagine what that’s doing to state budgets!?!

States are responding to falling lottery ticket sales by pumping up the jackpot amounts in hopes of luring back the casual player who buys lotto tickets only when the prize becomes enormous.

An interesting catch is that when fewer people play, it becomes hard to reach the ginormous prizes, for example going from $100 million to $300 million

People once impressed with a $100 million payout shrug until it reaches $300 million. Then fewer people play, so it takes longer to get to staggering prizes.

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Mystery Millionaire In North Carolina Lottery

If you live in North Carolina, check your old Powerball tickets now! A store in Cherryville sold a winning $1 milllion dollar Powerball ticket in January, but the lucky winner has yet to come forward. According to state rules the person has until July 27, 2015 to claim their jackpot. After that date half of the money will be returned to the lottery drawing, and the other half will be allotted to North Carolina’s education budget. Lottery spokesman Ryan Kennemur expressed his disbelief that it’s taking someone so long to come forward, “It’s amazing to think that someone has a little piece of paper that could change their life.” Despite Ryan’s shock at the unclaimed winnings, there are 22 other times in North Carolina’s lotto history where a large jackpot has gone unclaimed.