With nine ways to win in each game, North Carolinians are bringing in some big prizes. Most recently, Naren Som of Fayetteville tried her luck on a Powerball ticket and took home a $100,000 prize.
Her $3 Power Play ticket matched numbers on four of the white balls and the Powerball in last Wednesday’s drawing. Som’s prize doubled to $100,000 when the 2X multiplier was drawn.
Som purchased her winning Quick Pick ticket from the Walmart on Lillington Highway in Spring Lake. She claimed her prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home $70,751 after required federal and state tax withholdings. The odds of matching four white balls and the Powerball in a drawing are 1 in 913,129.
Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing offers an estimated annuity jackpot of $475 million. The estimated cash value is $319.4 million. The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.
The Powerball jackpot stands at $201 million as an annuity or $137.4 million cash for Wednesday’s drawing. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.
Players can buy $2 Powerball or Mega Millions tickets through Online Play on the lottery’s website, with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App, or at any lottery retail location.
Ticket sales from draw games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.