Local News

North Carolinians Head To Virginia For Their Shot At 'The Big Game'

Posted May 4, 2000

— If you played theBig Gamelottery and have the numbers6, 8, 16, 30, 32and picked26as the Big Money ball, you could be the nation's next multimillionaire. North Carolinians flocked to Virginia for their chance to strike it rich.

The $230 million Big Game prize is just waiting for someone to claim it. North Carolinians flocked to Virginia for their chance to strike it rich.

T.C. Richardson of Goldsboro drove more than two hours for his shot for the payoff.

"I would throw $80 or $100 away just on a night for my girlfriend or woman or whatever," Richardson says.

People crowded convenience stores for last-minute lottery tickets. Chris Dennis of Kenly drove all the way to Skippers, VA to play the lottery for the first time in his life.

"I told my wife on the way here that I wanted a boat," Dennis says.

Store managers in Virginia say 70 percent of the usual lottery business comes from North Carolina. However with the big jackpot, the number could jump up to 90 percent.

North Carolina residents spend $100 million a year on the Virginia lottery. About 33 cents of every dollar goes to Virginia's schools.

More than 50 percent of every dollar wagered goes back to the players. Five percent goes to retailers who sell tickets.

Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all