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Powerball ticket becomes $150,000 birthday surprise for Wilkes County man

October 30, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:18 AM

For Francisco Nunez of North Wilkesboro, a Powerball ticket bought online became an unexpected birthday surprise when he won $150,000 in Saturday’s drawing.

Nunez, who works at Tyson Foods, realized he was a big winner while playing video games early Sunday morning.

“I was just hanging out, playing some video games online,” said Nunez. “I was getting bored, so I decided to check my email. I had an email from the lottery that said I was a winner and my prize was over $600. So I logged in to my account online, and I started shaking when I saw the amount I had won.”

Nunez said he immediately ran over to his girlfriend, Amy, and asked, “Can you believe this? I think I won $150,000!”

“I was in complete shock,” Amy said. “I mean, you see it happen, but I never expected it to happen to him! It’s unbelievable. I’m so excited!”

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, Nunez took home $105,752. He plans to use some of the money to help his family.

Nunez’s $3 Power Play ticket was one of three in North Carolina that matched four of the white balls and the Powerball in the drawing to win $50,000. Because he purchased the Power Play feature, the prize tripled to $150,000 when the 3X multiplier was drawn.

Players can buy draw tickets at most lottery retailers or through Online Play on the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com. For Nunez, the option to play online is an added convenience.

“I just didn’t have time to go to the store,” Nunez said. “So it’s just easier.”

Lucky tickets sold in New York and Iowa won Saturday’s Powerball jackpot. Wednesday’s jackpot resets to $40 million as an annuity, or $23 million cash. 


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2/11/2019 08:33 - Adriennie H.

So happy to hear someone playing online and winning! I AM NEXT. I’ve recently started using visualisation and positive thinking more to manifest money. My big win is coming!

11/27/2018 12:50 - Marylyn O.

Congratulations, i am next and its today.Amen

11/07/2018 09:56 - Denver G.

Hey SCHMEKA. A little more info for you. To pick your own #s you must click on the box that says numbers. It is to the right of the word "INFO". You can even do a partial quick pick on PB,MM and LFL this way. Example you can QP the 5#s then pic your own PB #.

11/07/2018 08:47 - Schmeka w.

So if he purchased a online play how did pick his own numbers. Cause they only give you quick pic online. Somebody lying NC Lottery
Hey Schmeka, You can most definitely pick your own numbers if you choose to play online! When you are on the page called "Create Tickets", there is a button for "Quick Pick", or you can free type the numbers you would like into the boxes instead.

11/02/2018 12:11 - Stephanie H.

Did he do quick pick or choose his own numbers? Just curious.NC Lottery
Hey Stephanie, Francisco picked his own numbers!

10/31/2018 11:05 - annie s.

congrad! still waiting on my big win

10/31/2018 04:11 - Scott M.

Where did he buy his ticket ? I had not heard of anyone winning in Wilkes this past Saturday . NC Lottery
Hi there Scott! Francisco bought his Powerball ticket through Online Play.

10/31/2018 10:44 - Tamara B.

Congrats!!! While paying online can you purchase tickets with a paypal account balance?NC Lottery
Hi there Tamara, At this time, PayPal is not accepted for online play.

10/30/2018 09:05 - Lou Ann W.


10/30/2018 04:19 - Robert G.

Way to go. I'm next.

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