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.
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 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
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
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.
He doesn't want to be identified but the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted out a 15-second video of the officer lying in the snow, flapping his arms on Jan. 17, 2018. People have watched the video more than 7,400 times.
Jane Anderson, the president of the women's march in Charlotte talks about the group's roots, and where they are headed in the years to come. The group originated in 2017 after Donald Trump defeated Hilary Clinton in the presidential election. Since then, they have grown and plan to march on the queen city again in 2018.
Aaron Pearce of Charlotte, NC finally got the sticky snow that he has been waiting for to build a snowman on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Pearce decided to build a snowman along a walking path at McAlpine Creek Park in east Charlotte. The creation has its arms extended as if to give passerby a hug.