Lottery winner signs check over to mother-in-law

If only all mothers-in-law could be so lucky. Last week, Paula Milwood, a store clerk from Gastonia, was excited to see that her son-in-law scratched off the top prize in the N.C. Education Lottery’s $200,000 Cash game just a day after her grandson was born. Moments later, she was shocked when he handed her the winning ticket, saying “You keep it.”

“He just handed it to me and said I deserved it,” Milwood said. “He told me that I would know what to do with it. I didn’t know what to say.” The ticket was purchased at the Kingsway on Kendrick Road in Gastonia, where Milwood works. She plans to use her winnings, worth $136,001, to purchase a home for her family and possibly season passes to Carowinds amusement park.

“I feel like a big weight has been lifted,” Milwood added. “This is fantastic.” As of Monday afternoon, three top prizes remain to be claimed in the $200,000 Cash game.

In other lottery news, Carolina Cash 5 players in the Charlotte area need to check their numbers. One ticket matched all five numbers (9 – 11 – 14 – 31 – 37) in the Thursday, April 21 drawing and is worth $773,609. The jackpot had rolled since the April 9 drawing. This is the highest top prize in the game since the June 4, 2010 drawing when two players from Mebane and Hillsborough split the $823,652 prize. The largest single-winner Carolina Cash 5 claim occurred in November, 2007 when a player from Greenville matched all five numbers and won $856,988.




Tucker, other senators, seek change in state constitution

Tommy Tucker, who represents the Mint Hill area in the North Carolina state senate, is partnering with Sens. Tom Apodaca of Henderson County and Pete Brunstetter of Forsyth County in an attempt to change the state constitution so that the governor would run with a lieutenant governor as a team. This is similar to the way the president and vice President run on one ticket. The bill would also limit legislature leadership to three consecutive two-terms.


Goodall thanks former colleagues for passing charter school bill

Former State Senator Eddie Goodall, who represented the Mint Hill area before he chose not to run again last year, had some kind words for his former colleagues last week when they passed Senate Bill 8. The legislation would lift the cap on the number of charter schools in the state. Goodall is now President of the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools. As a senator, he pushed tirelessly fought for lifting the cap on charters. Here’s his letter to the State Senate:

Honorable Senators,

The Alliance Board of Directors asked me to thank you all for your historic support of the education “little guys”, the public charter schools. Special thanks to the leadership of the sponsor, Sen. Stevens, as well as the Education Co-Chairs, Sens. Tillman, Preston, and Soucek. We are also proud of those of you speaking on the senate floor for SB 8 at the second reading Wednesday. Continue reading


Welcome to Raleigh, Tommy Tucker

State Senator Tommy Tucker (Dist 35), who represents the Mint Hill area in the N.C. Senate, took a drubbing from the folks at The Progressive Pulse, a liberal public policy organization. Tucker’s questions at a recent HHS Appropriations Subcommittee drew consternation from The Progressive Pulse because they “showed just how far he has to go to get up to speed.”

Today, he posed a series of questions and statements that showed just how far he has to go to get up to speed.

His first question, posed to HHS Secretary and former Republican legislator Lanier Cansler, was about how many “illegal aliens” the Department served.

Really, Senator? That’s your first big question about North Carolina’s safety net programs?

Tucker doesn’t have a lot of political experience, and will probably admit that he has a lot to learn. But asking how much the state invests in illegal, or undocumented, people in North Carolina is a perfectly reasonable question to ask. Yes, illegal immigration is mostly a federal issue, but Tucker is asking a question that the constituents who elected him want him to ask. He may not be up to speed the way the Progressive Pulse wants him to be, but the people in Union County and Mint Hill who he represents probably don’t care.


Time is running out for $1 million lottery ticket sold in Stallings

The chances of winning the Mega Millions is 1 in 175,711,536. According to the book “For all practical purposes: mathematical literacy in today’s world” by Joseph Malkevitch and Lawrence M. Lesser, winning the Mega Million The Mint Hill Timesjackpot is like guessing a particular piece of paper in a stack twice as high as Mt. Everest, or guessing a particular second in the span of 5.5 years.

Of course, the odds of winning are even worse if you lose the ticket. That’s what’s happened in Stallings in the past year. A $1 million prize ticket was purchased for the August 20, 2010 Mega Millions drawing at the Market Express located at 2800 Old Monroe Road in Stallings. (The NCEL calls this address “Matthews,” but it is actually in downtown Stallings next to the McDonalds.) However, no one came forward with the winning ticket and it expires on Wednesday, February 16.

The five white balls for that drawing were: 4 – 13 – 20 – 29 – 48

To claim the $1 million prize, the ticket must be presented at N.C. Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh by 5 p.m. on February 16. Players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.

“We’re really hoping to award this prize,” said NCEL Executive Director Alice Garland. “Celebrating winners is one of the most fun things we do at the lottery and we hate to see prizes go unclaimed, especially ones of this magnitude.”

Ryan Kennemur, the NCEL’s Public Information Officer, will be on-site at the Market Express in Matthews from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. today to raise awareness about the missing ticket.
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Got a winning N.C. lottery ticket? Haven’t cashed it? Better hurry

For those who just  haven’t gotten around to claiming a lottery prize, better hurry. The N.C. Education Lottery deadline to make claims for 10 of its instant scratch-off games is Thursday, Feb. 3. In November, the NCEL officially announced the end of the 10 instant scratch-off games effective Nov. 5, 2010. Under NCEL policy, all instant game prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the announced end-of-game date. Continue reading