An undercover agent presented a Charlotte retailer with a ticket designed to appear like it was a winner. When the agent handed him the ticket, the retailer said it was not a winner, and switched it out with a losing one.
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Between 2006 and late 2015, no one had won more prizes of $600 or more than retired Seagrove potter Phil Morgan. He's won 111 times. Morgan, 68, says he often bets the same number multiple times on the Pick 4 game so if it hits, he wins a lot that day.
Alice Garland, head of the NC Education Lottery, said integrity is vital to the lottery, and that its crucial for players to believe the state is offering fair and honest games. By Adam Bell - email@example.com
A High Point woman won more than 40 times on scratch-off tickets worth at least $600 from 2011 to late 2015. The largest of her prizes totaled some $57,000. To win that often, according to Jan Hannig, a UNC statistician, she'd have to spend at least $756,000, including her winnings. Not including her winnings, her out-of-pocket spending would be a minimum of $233,000.
An Observer investigation uncovered dozens of N.C. lottery retailers or employees — the gatekeepers to potential fortunes — who beat improbable odds time and again to collect significant prizes at their own stores. Here's how unlikely that can be.
The Observer asked NC Lottery leader Alice Garland if she was confident that every prize awarded of $600 or more was for a legitimate lottery winner. Garland praised the "arduous security" the agency has, and said the lottery aggressively pursues people when they find that a "misdeed" has occurred. By Adam Bell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Graham and his family lived for many years in this small mountain town. He touched many lives as an evangelist but he also personally touched folks through simple, everyday interactions. We asked three people to tell their stories.
The city of Charlotte cut down the bradford pear trees along the median leading into the Wellington subdivision off Prosperity Church Road. The work began earlier this week. Debbie Ward a resident was disappointed when she returned Thursday evening to see the median bare except for a few limbs.
Five years ago, CMS embarked on a $19 million plan to fortify schools after the shooting at Sandy Hook. Now Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, who has held the top job less than a year, is reviewing everything from physical security to safety protocols. He convened principals Wednesday to talk about safety.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department SWAT team talked with an armed man for an hour before shooting and killing him outside a 7-Eleven convenience store in west Charlotte in April 2016. The district attorney ruled the police shooting was lawful.