The NC Education lottery that holds the Powerball jackpot said a Scotchman comvenience store called Shallotte in Brunswick County sold the ticket and the winner should sign on its reverse immediately and keep in in safe place before identifying herself to the public.
The winning numbers were: 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball number was 19. The amount was growing since November with no winner for three months. The winning numbered tickets have been sold in three places, North carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas, It’s the third-largest Powerball prize ever and the fifth-largest lottery amount in US history, said Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association.
Though the store is eligible for $50,000 award for selling the winning ticket, the person who bought the ticket is not known, said the executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery Alice Garland. She said the winner has 180 days from Wednesday’s draw to claim the prize. This is the fourth time that a North Carolina ticket has claimed a Powerball jackpot, she said.
The two biggest Powerball jackpots ever won include the May 2013 ticket sold to Gloria Mackenzie of Zephyrhills, Fla, who won $590.5 million and prior to that in November 2012, when Matthew Good of Phoenix and Cindy and Mark Hill of Dearborn, Mo., split a $587.5 million prize.
Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Those who live in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada or Utah cannot play as these states don’t participate in it.
The chances of winning after paying $2 per ticket is about 1 in 175 million.