Sunday, July 14, 2024

Wilmington player scores million-dollar lottery win, billion-dollar Powerball ticket sold out west

The record-number Powerball jackpot, $2.04 billion, has concluded with one ticket in California taking the top prize.

The drawing was delayed Monday night after one of the participating lotteries required more time to fulfill security protocols.

The N.C. Education Lottery announced Tuesday there were 10 big wins in the Tar Heel State, including one $1 million prize, a $100,000 prize and eight $50,000 prizes to be awarded.

In Wilmington, the winning million-dollar ticket — which matched all five white balls — was one of 22 nationwide and sold at the Gas Center on South College Road.

Eight $50,000 prizes came from $2 tickets that matched four white balls and the Powerball. The wins occurred in Charlotte through the lottery’s website, and in stores located in Gatesville, Winston-Salem, Statesville, Belmont, Fayetteville, Morehead City, and Franklin.

The overall jackpot started at $20 million on Aug. 6 and throughout the last three months has grown. It generated a total of three $1 million prizes, seven $150,000 prizes, six $100,000 prizes, and 39 $50,000 prizes in North Carolina. There were 343,323 winning tickets sold overall.

A $3 Power Play ticket matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000 at a Rocky Mount Walmart. The win doubled to $100,000 when a two-times multiplier was drawn.

Nationwide, there were over 11 million cash-winning tickets, equaling $98 million in additional prizes.

“What a run for our Powerball game,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “All that play resulted in millions more for education that will support our schools and students this year.”

READ MORE: How $20M in lottery profits is funneled each year into New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender schools

According to the N.C. Education Lottery, the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292 million. The odds of matching numbers four white balls and the Powerball are 1 in 913,000.

Winners have 180 days from the drawing to claim their prize.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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