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Dozens Claim Big Winnings in Raffle Drawing

Posted July 5, 2007

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— The N.C. Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh buzzed Thursday with lottery winners claiming their prizes from the Sizzlin' Millionaire raffle drawing.

Women from Siler City and Mebane took home two of the four $1 million prizes. The other two $1 million-winning tickets were sold in Charlotte and Reidsville.

Jenna Davis of Siler City and her husband, Rob Davis, cashed in a $1 million-winning ticket.

“I had forgotten that I had the ticket,” Davis said in a statement. She said she asked Rob to buy the ticket and thought that he would play Powerball.

Davis said she was surprised to find herself  a winner when she checked her ticket number against those posted on WRAL.com.

“That can’t be right. I've never won anything,” she said she told herself.

Allison Welch of Mebane was also among the first to claim their $1 million prizes.

The Education Lottery's first raffle contest also gave out five $100,000 prizes and 500 $1,000 awards. Lottery outlets sold 500,000 $20 raffle tickets in recent weeks for the drawing, which was held Wednesday.

Only one $100,000 winner, Brian Lantzy of Lexington, has come forward.

Many of the $1,000 winners cashing in their tickets at the Education Lottery headquarters said their lucky wins made the tickets money well spent.

Johnathan Minshew said he didn't find out about his winnings until he got to work this morning.

"I just punched it (his ticket number) in on the the computer, and it came up. And I did it again, and it came up. Then I called my wife, and said, 'Check the ticket,' because I left it at home. She said, 'Yeah, we won,' so that was great," Minshew said.

Persistence paid off for Alisa Clemons, who bought two tickets from a Knightdale convenience store.

"Every day, every day, I play every day," Clemons said.

Clemons said her $1,000 winnings will come in handy, because she is not working right now.

Connie Walker, who celebrated her birthday on the day of drawing, said the $1,000 prize was a welcome gift.
"I had a car accident. My cat is sick. I have a medical problem that I have to take care of. I broke up with my boyfriend, so I was just kind of in a bad run. Things are looking better, I think," Walker said.

The $1,000 winners take home $680 after taxes.

The Sizzlin' Millionaire raffle generated around $10 million in sales Lottery spokesperson Pam Walker said a little over $3 million will go to fund education.

Lottery officials said they are considering holding another raffle this year, based on the success of this one.


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  • djofraleigh Jul 7, 2007

    Tawny asked me: Are you... protecting our children against other ills of the world, aside from the "lottery"?

    The government (all of us) makes it injurious to me since I'm a part of it, and the word "educational" before lottery is an insult.

    Arbi: hey djofraleigh..... you've got it. gambling is fun and so is drinking. try it sometime time you might like it

    Are you buying there Arbi? Are you going to put down my first $20 at the blackjack table too? You invited me, so you should pay. Winning money is fun, losing it is not, but neither would make me proud of myself.

    Wonder how much money the big banks and investment firms put into the lottery each week? They're smart guys and want to get ahead.

    The worst thing about the lottery is that it is OUR state trying to con us to get our money in the name of education.

    You might drink, smoke, gambler and more, but you don't have to be a part of getting others to join your vices. Sometimes the worst people give the best advic

  • djofraleigh Jul 7, 2007

    "Lighten up people, if this lottery does not cost you anything or cause you any problems, Leave others alone!"

    In this case, it is the STATE, our government, including each of us doing this. IF I wanted gambling legalized, I'd let the privated sector do it and TAX them.

  • djofraleigh Jul 7, 2007

    "I wonder why these people have to come forward and be thrown into the public light. Is that part of the deal if you win? "


  • djofraleigh Jul 7, 2007

    "The $1,000 winners take home $680 after taxes...If I win a car in a golf tourny does the government get the seats, tires, rims, and stereo?"

    No, you get the tax bill on the full sticker price.

  • elliemae Jul 6, 2007


    I agree with you. I didn't know we had perfect people. These people need to get a life. I played but I would not have played if I needed the money to pay a bill. I had a lot of laughs out of this. It was worth it.

  • elliemae Jul 6, 2007

    It is so hard to believe you rather die than buy a lottery ticket.

  • AM is Back to Being Immaculate Jul 6, 2007

    I have a question, do people that think the lottery is wrong morally drink, smoke and have sex outside of marraige?

  • Cliff Clavin Jul 6, 2007

    Rev RB - Jesus actually tells Peter to forgive someone 7 x 70 times (Mt 18:21-22), not that God will replenish a tithe 7 x 70 times.

  • Snoopy Jul 6, 2007

    LOL guessing Swisher has never sinned :)

  • Snoopy Jul 6, 2007

    Well arent we a bunch of jealous little folks...Congratulations to all that won!!!! Wish I had been so lucky! Yeah I went in with 3 other girls , had 5 bucks invested and we had more fun talkin about how much we would get and who would hold the ticket and if the ticket holder would run than we could have had anywhere else for 5 bucks...Lighten up people, if this lottery does not cost you anything or cause you any problems, Leave others alone! It is our money and we shall spend how we see fit! So.....BLAH BLAH BLAH on all the "Im better or smarter than you" people!