RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- It's been a lucrative seven days for people who sought to strike it rich in the North Carolina Education Lottery.
Officials with the lottery say that since Aug. 1, people who purchased scratch-off tickets or who played the Powerball walked away with more than $30.5 million in prizes.
For the seven days, more than $23.8 million awarded to winners of instant scratch-off games. Players of draw games won more than $6.6 million.
Among the winners is Dan Royal, a Forest City carpenter who officials said is one of the biggest winners in state lottery history.
After scratching off $750,000 playing "Jumbo Bucks" in February 2012, Royal won the top prize this week on a "$5,000 a Week for Life!" ticket. The guaranteed value of the prize is $5.2 million