Aaron Locklear of Red Springs tried his luck on a Powerball ticket and won a $200,000 prize.
Locklear’s $3 Power Play Quick Pick ticket matched numbers on four white balls and the red Powerball to win $50,000 in the Dec. 20 drawing. That prize quadrupled to $200,000 when the 4X multiplier was drawn. The odds of matching four white balls and the Powerball in a drawing are 1 in 913,129.
Locklear’s lucky ticket came from HnM Mart & Pizza on East Fourth Avenue in Red Springs. He claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $142,021.
Wednesday’s Powerball drawing offers a $38 million jackpot, or $26.4 million in cash. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.
Powerball is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets either through the lottery’s website, or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. The other games are Mega Millions, Lucky For Life, and Carolina Cash 5.
Ticket sales from draw games like Powerball make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $4 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Hoke County in 2020, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.