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.
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Media briefing discusses death, repose arrangements for the Rev. Billy Graham
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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
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.
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.
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
Following the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR drivers Bubba Wallace and Denny Hamlin had quite a postrace back-and-forth. During a TV interview, Wallace commented that Hamlin should have probably taken some adderall as Hamlin had claimed 70 percent of the drivers did during a podcast earlier in the week. Officials spoke to Hamlin in the NASCAR trailer following that comment but it still ruffled driver's emotions. At the finish line on Sunday night, Hamlin claimed that he had a flat tire racing against Wallace.
VIDEO: See photos from the life of evangelist Rev. Billy Graham and listen to excerpts from a sermon he preached about death at Duke University in 1973. Graham died Wednesday morning, Feb. 21, 2018 at his home in North Carolina.