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A North Carolina farmer won a $100,000 dollar lottery prize by accident.  So what do we mean by accident?  Some might even call it divine intervention. The farmer almost walked out of the Dana Food Center in Hendersonville , when something told him just to go back and give a scratch off a try.

Agustin Perez Jr. of Hendersonville says the whole store applauded and screamed when he realized he had won a $100,000 prize.  After taxes and fees, he was able to take home $71,259 dollars.  He says he plans to continue helping his family in Mexico with the money.

You hear these stories and it always begs the question, what would you do if you suddenly came into a $100,000?  It would be fun to help others, clear yourself of some debt and drop a little more in the offering plate of your choice.  Congrats Mr. Perez!  We hope you enjoy your surprise windfall.

To learn more and see all the details they are right here from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

North Carolina Is One Of The Luckiest States For The Lottery

There are some states that are luckier than others. There is no doubt about it. North Carolina made the list of 15 lucky states in the United States, according to OLBG. Everyone has fantasized about winning the lottery, whether it’s the Mega Millions or the Powerball. Whether you’re planning a lavish vacation, buying a house, treating a loved one, giving to charity, or all of the above, when we buy a ticket we always have a little bit of hope and our imaginations go wild when we hear about the unclaimed winning ticket…

When it comes to winning big on the lottery, which states are the luckiest? To determine where in America has the greatest likelihood of winning the big bucks, OLBG analyzed all lottery winners in the U.S. with a jackpot of $300 million or more. You can see the top 15 states below.

  • 15. Tennessee

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    15

    Tennessee

    2

    $582.4 million

    $291.2 million

  • 14. Rhode Island

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    14

    Rhode Island

    1

    $210 million

    $210 million

  • 13. Vermont

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    13

    Vermont

    1

    $208.4 million

    $208.4 million

  • 12. California

    California was ranked 12th luckiest state despite having the highest number of big lottery winners, primarily because the state has such a large population that there are very few lottery winners, and the average winning ticket for a California winner is only $190.5 million.

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    12

    California

    11

    $2.95 billion

    $190.5 million

  • 11. Florida

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    11

    Florida

    5

    $1.4 billion

    $280 million

  • 10. New York

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    10

    New York

    6

    $1.3 billion

    $216.7 million

  • 9. Wisconsin

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    9

    Wisconsin

    2

    $702.1 million

    $351.05 million

  • 8. Arizona

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    8

    Arizona

    3

    $795.6 million

    $265.2 million

  • 7. New Jersey

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    7

    New Jersey

    9

    $1.3 billion

    $144 million

  • 6. Michigan

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    6

    Michigan

    3

    $1.09 billion

    $363.3 million

  • 5. Maryland

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    5

    Maryland

    4

    $868.8 million

    $217.2 million

  • 4. Illinois

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    4

    Illinois

    5

    $1.3 billion

    $260 million

  • 3. Indiana

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    3

    Indiana

    3

    $985.8 million

    $328.6 million

  • 2. North Carolina

    North Carolina has won a whopping $1.1 billion between both lottery winners, making its average winning ticket $550 million, the highest in the country. As a result of its higher population, North Carolina didn’t quite capture the title by itself, with a lower percentage of its population winning than New Hampshire.

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    2

    North Carolina

    2

    $1.1 billion

    $550 million

  • 1. New Hampshire

    In terms of lottery jackpot winners, New Hampshire and North Carolina share the gold for the luckiest states. Residents in New Hampshire have won a total of $693.7 million, which is an average of $346.85 million per winning ticket. As one of the states with the highest percentage of people who have won over $300 million, New Hampshire has the third smallest population.

    Rank

    State

    Times won

    Total amount won

    Avg. amount won per winning ticket

    1

    New Hampshire

    2

    $693.7 million

    $346.85 million