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$217M Powerball Jackpot Run Leads To $16M in Sales Last Week for N.C. Lottery, Including Virginia Winner

Feb. 11, 2013. The excitement this week about a $217 million Powerball jackpot ended with the winning ticket sold in Virginia, but the sales around the jackpot led to some big wins for North Carolina players and boosted the amount of money the N.C. Education Lottery will return this year for education.

The Powerball jackpot rolled over 11 times during the six weeks of sales. During that time, Powerball sales exceeded $16 million in the state. Initial estimates indicate sales will generate more than $6.4 million for education.lottery

During the six weeks of sales, more than 234,000 Powerball tickets won prizes totaling more than $3.9 million, including two $1 million prizes and five $40,000 prizes. Retailers across the state earned more than $1.1 million in commissions from Powerball sales.

Saturday’s Powerball drawing gives players the chance to win an estimated $40 million if taken as an annuity or $25.1 million if taken as a lump sum. The Saturday, Feb. 2 drawing produced 24,634 winning tickets ranging from $4 to $40,000, totaling $211,078. In the Wednesday, Feb. 6 drawing, 32,350 tickets won prizes from $4 to $40,000 for a total of $258,836.

Big Winner Report

Man claims largest Mega Millions win in Henderson County history :

“This may have set us into a position that we don’t have to worry about the future anymore,” Robert Cockrell said about his $1 million win. “It really feels great and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Bladen County woman first to win $150,000 top prize in Hot Streak game:

 “I didn’t believe it,” Mary Sinkler said. “I had to get my daughter to look at it before I thought it was real.”

Burlington man to save $100,000 lottery prize for newborn son’s future:

“I did a double take,” Christopher Shotwell said. “I just couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s been a crazy week. I’m pretty excited.”

Mega Millions Report

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $12 million if taken as an annuity or $8.7 million if taken as a lump sum. In Tuesday’s drawing, 7,996 tickets won prizes ranging from $2 to $600, totaling $63,036. In the Friday, Feb. 1 drawing, 10,198 tickets won $55,827 in prizes ranging from $2 to $450.

Two Cash 5 tickets sold in Duplin split $422,282 jackpot

A pair of tickets sold in Duplin County matched all five numbers in the Feb. 7 Cash 5 drawing, making each of them worth $211,141. The tickets were sold at the C-Check on Brinson Road in Magnolia and the Friendly Mart on Center Street in Faison. Winners have 180 days from the draw date to claim their prize.

North Carolina Game Report

Since Thursday, Jan.31, players of N.C. Education Lottery games won more than $18.1 million in prizes with more than $13.4 million awarded to winners of instant scratch-off games. Players of North Carolina draw games Pick 3, Pick 4 and Cash 5 won more than $4.1 million in total prizes.

Other winners across North Carolina

This week, prizes of $10,000 or more were won or claimed by players across the state.

Winner in the Feb. 6 Powerball drawing:

Winner                                    Hometown                 Amount Won            Store Where Ticket Was Purchased

Thongsook Schlau              Arapahoe                   $40,000                     Handy Mart #59, 3990 U.S. 70 E., New Bern

Winner in the Feb. 2 Powerball drawing:

Unknown                            Unknown                   $40,000                     K’s Korner Stop, 543 W. Hamlet Ave., Hamlet

Winner in the Jan. 16 Powerball drawing:

Jose Duque                        Harrisburg                 $40,000                     Lowe’s Foods #210, 4435 N.C. 49 S., Harrisburg

Instant scratch-off ticket top tier prize winners:

Daniel Bloomer                   Denton                      $50,000                     Cold Cash Lines

David Ellison                      Greenville                  $30,000                     Money Mania

Chad Stevens                     Germanton                $25,000                     Bah Humbucks

Otis Pridgen                       Whiteville                  $20,000                     $4,000,000 Cash Blowout

Kimberly Forbes                 Rocky Mount             $10,000                     $5,000 a Week for Life!

Mildred Gumbs                   Winston-Salem          $10,000                     Ruby Red 7’s

Sherry Harwood                  Weaverville               $10,000                     $200,000 a Year for Life

Jerden Lea                         Burlington                  $10,000                     Hot Streak

To date, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $2.69 billion for the state and education initiatives it serves. Net proceeds are used for prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, teachers’ salaries in grades K-3 with a goal of keeping class size low, school construction and need-based college scholarships and financial aid. For prizes of $5,000 and greater, 25 percent federal tax and 7 percent state tax are automatically withheld.