$100,000 winning Powerball ticket sold at Wilmington gas station

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As Powerball sales surged Wednesday, one Wilmington ticket was a $100,000 winner. Photo by Hilary Snow.
As Powerball sales surged Wednesday, one Wilmington ticket – not this one – was a $100,000 winner. Photo by Hilary Snow.

Someone in Wilmington just got a big payday.

According to the N.C. Education Lottery, a $100,000 winning Powerball ticket was sold at the Speedway convenience store, 2395 Carolina Beach Road near Medical Center Drive.

A manager with the store, who did not give her name, said Thursday that the N.C. Education Lottery had not yet contacted Speedway about the win, and said she could not comment further.

The $100,000 was one of three winning $3 Power Play tickets in the state that matched four white balls, plus the red Powerball, during Wednesday night’s drawing. Each player purchased the Power Play feature–and the multiplier was two–so the $50,000 prize was doubled.

In addition to Wilmington, winning $100,000 tickets were sold in Buncombe and Iredell counties.

And 14 Power Play tickets without the multipliers each came in as $50,000 winners. The $100,000 ticket was the only winner listed from Wilmington.

Two tickets in North Carolina–one sold in Raleigh and the other in Spring Lake–won $2 million each.

With a $1.58 billion jackpot–a $983 million cash payout–up for grabs, Powerball helped the state set a new one-day record for the lottery Wednesday, with $27.8 million in sales, including $20.9 million just from Powerball tickets.

Earnings from Powerball sales mean the lottery will exceed its goal of raising $529 million for education this year, with all additional earnings going to the state to use for education programs.

“It was exciting to see North Carolinians join this world-record event as the Powerball game did its part in raising money for good causes all across the United States,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “We owe our retail partners big thanks for selling all those tickets. Most of all, thanks to everyone who chose to take a chance at a jackpot we’ve never seen before. The big beneficiary of this fun will be money for education that the state wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Three lucky tickets purchased in California, Tennessee and Florida hit pay dirt Wednesday with all five winning numbers. The jackpot now resets to $40 million, or $24.8 million payout, for Saturday night’s drawing.