Lottery fever hit North Carolina Thursday as the first scratch off tickets in the new state lottery went on sale. Lottery officials say through 5:00 p.m. more than $6 million worth of tickets had been sold.
Many stores across Eastern Carolina saw people line up to wait for the tickets and a chance at winning some money. Johnie Heath was the first gamer to beat the odds at Peaden's Grill in the Pitt County town of Belvoir. He didn't win big but he won enough to make his money back on buying the ticket.
At Lilley's Grocery on Highway 17 in Williamston store's owner Phyllis Rodgerson says they had several winners before lunch. The biggest winner took home $25.
There was a morning rush at the Handy Mart in Chocowinity in Beaufort County, but things have calmed down quite a bit. Still, the store manager says she is still pleased with the traffic her store is getting. The biggest winner at the Handy Mart by lunchtime netted $11.
The scratch and win fever stretches all the way to the Outer Banks. One group of women stood out in front of 7-11 in Manteo for nearly an hour Thursday, just winning money, and then redeeming dollars for more tickets. One man won $60 at the convenience store.