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“I started shaking,” Kings Mountain man says of $2 million Powerball prize

February 11, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:07 PM

Howard Welch III of Kings Mountain said dreams of winning a jackpot helped him win a $2 million Powerball prize.

“I always buy a ticket when it’s over $100 million,” Welch said. “I plan to win the jackpot one day.”

That dream of winning led him to the 3 Point Market & Grill on Goforth Road in Kings Mountain where he bought a $3 Quick Pick ticket for Wednesday’s drawing.

Welch didn’t realize he won until several days later when he went to buy tickets for Saturday’s drawing.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the numbers,” Welch said. “I kept thinking, ‘Is this real?’ I turned pale and started shaking I was so excited.”

Still unsure, Welch said he went back to the store and scanned his ticket to double check. When he heard the music play he knew for sure he was a winner.

Welch claimed his prize Monday morning at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $1,415,001. Welch said he plans to use some of the money to get a new house. He’ll invest the rest.
The ticket matched the numbers on the five white balls to win $1,000,000.  Because he added the $1 Power Play feature, the prize doubled to $2 million when the multiplier was drawn. The ticket beat odds of one in 11.7 million.

“Hopefully I’ll be back in here,” Welch said. “We already have our tickets for the next drawing.”

The jackpot for this Wednesday’s Powerball drawing is $242 million or $148.1 million cash.

Welch is the second person in a week to play Powerball in North Carolina and win a $2 million prize. Margo Konopacke of Travelers Rest, S.C., claimed her prize for the Feb. 3 drawing on Tuesday. She bought her winning ticket while she was getting groceries at the Publix on Greenville Highway in Hendersonville.

Ticket sales from draw games like Powerball make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for the state. For details on how $13.8 million in lottery funds made a difference in Gaston County last year, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  



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7/15/2021 10:08 - Robbie H.

Awesome: always glad to see somone hit.

2/25/2019 07:40 - William A.

One lucky man! They have made it so hard just to get 5 numbers we barely have anyone win that prize anymore.

2/24/2019 05:04 - Sandra M.


2/21/2019 03:29 - Spenser G.

Great news! Congrats!

2/18/2019 08:02 - Lattisha K.


2/17/2019 05:25 - Carletta C.


2/17/2019 08:32 - thomas p.

Congratulations to both of yall...hopefully my big jackpot will be coming soon.

2/15/2019 03:01 - Gustavo L.

So the $400k interest is an assumption that if and only if a player put the lump sum in the bank without touching a cent for 20yrs, he/she will earn the $400k. Which that tell you this rule is wrong because after taxes you get aprox $421k. So basically we are playing these games to win only $400k and don’t be a millionaire. Another thing as I believe this money will go to education, can the winner deduct that on their taxes. Thanks! NC Lottery
Lottery winnings are considered income and are taxed at the minimum amount when the prize is claimed. The lottery does not make decisions regarding taxes and we cannot give tax advice. If you have any questions about taxes related to lottery winnings, we always recommend you talk to a tax professional.

2/14/2019 10:12 - Gustavo L.

NC Lottery: Thanks for the response. So that means if I win $1M and take the annuity payments, I will receive $50k annually for 20 yrs plus interest that will be $20k more less of course taxes. So at the end the winner will get a gross winning amount of $1,400,000 (principal and interest), right?NC Lottery
Hi Gustavo, Not exactly. For a $1 million prize, winners have the option of the $600,000 lump sum or a 20 year annuity at $50,000 per year. Taxes would be withheld on either the $600,000 or each $50,000 payment, depending on which prize the winner chose. A simple way of thinking about it the annuity is to imagine the $600,000 lump sum is put in the bank where, over time, it earns interest – a lot of interest. That’s what makes it possible for the full $1 million annuity to be paid out over 20 years. The prize would not go above the advertised $1 million total.

2/13/2019 11:54 - Derrick k.

Congratulations I hope I win soon my daughter is getting married in Jamaica in October

2/13/2019 01:24 - STACIE W.


2/13/2019 11:53 - Gustavo L.

Congrats on your winning! Question to NC Lottey: Why when a player wins $1M or more they only take the Fed/State taxes required on the PowerBall but if you win $1M on scratch tickets you penalized them with 40% then the taxes. Another question: If the PB ball is X 5 why will only pay $2M instead of $5MNC Lottery
All great questions, Gustavo! In general, top prizes of $1 million or more for scratch-offs offer players the option of the lump sum or annuity. The 40% difference you noted is not a penalty, but simply the difference that $600,000 would make in interest if it sat in the bank for 20 years. That is the same for the Powerball jackpot. The $1 million Powerball prize is the second-level prize, which the lump sum/annuity does not apply. Under the Powerball prize structure, the second tier prize of $1 million doubles if you have a $3 Power Play ticket. Here's a link to the prize structure in the game. https://www.nclottery.com/PowerballHow

2/13/2019 11:48 - Nedrea B.


2/12/2019 11:02 - Barbara G.

Congratulations and Blessings

2/12/2019 10:44 - Charlie H.

Congratulations Howard, great win!

2/12/2019 06:44 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

2/12/2019 05:39 - Richard N.

Congrats dude

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