While no one won the $1.2 billion Powerball jackpot, one lucky North Carolina lottery player woke up a millionaire.
IREDELL COUNTY, North Carolina — A Powerball ticket worth $1 million has been sold in Iredell County, North Carolina, Education Lottery officials announced Thursday.
The lucky ticket, which matched the five white balls in Wednesday’s $1.2 billion draw, was purchased at the Sheetz on Charlotte Highway in Troutman, just off Exit 42 along Interstate 77 in Iredell County. Thursday morning, no winner had claimed the ticket.
It wasn’t the only winner in the Charlotte area. At least two other lottery players won $50,000 by matching four white balls and the red Powerball in the drawing. Those wins were in Charlotte and Huntersville. Nine others also matched four white balls and the red Powerball to score a $50,000 win.
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The odds of matching all four white balls and the Powerball are 1 in 913,000.
No one won Wednesday’s $1.2 billion Powerball draw, bringing the estimated jackpot to $1.5 billion on Saturday. That’s just short of Powerball’s all-time high of $1.586 billion in 2016. The new $1.5 billion prize is actually for winners who opt for an annuity, paid annually over 29 years. Most winners choose cash, which for Saturday’s draw would be $745.9 million. But some financial experts say taking the annuity is actually the smarter choice.
The winning numbers for the November 2 Powerball draw were 2-11-22-35-60, Powerball 23 and Power Play 2.
Despite the absence of grand prize winners, a handful of players purchased million-dollar tickets, including the winner from North Carolina. Other new millionaires reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia.
In the 39 draws since August 3, there has been no jackpot winner.
Playing the lottery is a form of gambling. If you are concerned about your gambling or worried about a friend, you can call the NC Problem Gambling Hotline at 1-877-718-5543. You can also contact the National Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.
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