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Harnett County man ‘forgot about’ lucky Powerball ticket worth $1 million

June 9, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:22 PM
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Fredderick Russell Carroll of Coats went nearly three weeks without realizing his Powerball ticket won him a $1 million prize.

“Honestly, I put it in my wallet and forgot about it,” he said. “I’ve been all over the place and I had a million dollars in my pocket. We’ve been working around the ponds and everything and I didn’t know!”

Carroll bought his winning Quick Pick ticket from Shri Sharda Petroleum on East Stewart Street in Coats.

“I was hoping, like everybody, to win something,” he said. “Me and my son were together and we decided just to give it a shot and buy one.”

His lucky $2 ticket matched the numbers on all five white balls in the May 19 drawing. The odds of matching all five numbers in a Powerball drawing are 1 in 11.6 million.

Carroll stopped at a convenience store Tuesday morning and used the machine to scan his ticket, but to his surprise, was greeted with a notification to bring his ticket to lottery headquarters.

“When I got to headquarters, the lady ran it and told me how much it was,” said Carroll. “It took me a little bit. I didn’t realize I had won anything.”

Carroll claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he will share $707,501 with his wife, Princess, and his son.

“I want to pay my bills off and I’m going to get my wife in to see some doctors,” he said. “That’s my main priority.”

Wednesday’s drawing offers a $20 million jackpot as an annuity prize or $13.8 million cash. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

Players can buy Powerball tickets through Online Play on the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com, with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App, or at any lottery retail location. 


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6/10/2021 08:26 - Anthony C.

Congratulations brother maybe one day I can win just a little bit i live in harnett county also and i play when i can but praying my day comes soonNC Lottery
Good luck, Anthony! Thanks for being a fan of the lottery.

6/10/2021 06:18 - Michael B.

It’s 6am…why is the powerball results still pending NCEL? NC Lottery
Hi Michael, the Powerball drawing from last night is complete and winning numbers have been posted to the Powerball website. While the majority of jurisdictions were able to verify the number of winners in each prize tier quickly, additional processing time was required for one jurisdiction. While we apologize for the delay in delivering the information to the public, the additional time enables us to ensure that we are reporting the official and verified number of prize winners. Please hold on to your tickets, and we will let you know when retailers are able to make claims on winning tickets from the June 9, 2021 drawing. Sorry for the delay, we appreciate your patience.

6/10/2021 12:54 - Tim M.

LZ, on another subject, I want to complain about the bonus points game on your new $5 game. It will not load on my phone! The previous version of anything like this you had back during the holidays, it worked fine on my phone, after it loaded anyway, bonus points and all. This new game, the circle just spins and I can't even back out of it! I have to exit out, tap on a few other things, and start over by next time tapping 'SKIP THE GAME'. I get bonus points but am I getting the full points? Can you fix this?NC Lottery
Hi Tim, sorry about that. Sometimes when the bonus points game will not work properly it means that a new version of the app has been released and you need to update to the newest version on your phone. If you have updated to the newest version and are still having issues, please contact Online Play Customer Service at 866-934-0289. Thanks for your patience, and sorry for the technical difficulties.

6/10/2021 12:48 - Tim M.

Congrats on the win. Coats is in my neck of the woods. Great to hear it hitting close to home. Perhaps me someday, right? LOL. I have a concern though. Did this winner not know to check the website to figure out he won? I used to work with a guy who called the 800 number to see if he won anything but who later switched to the website, probably due to my recommendation. So, Carroll could've done this? If he's not tech savvy, his son could've done it. At least he didn't jump up and down in the store and broadcast it. That move was wise.

6/09/2021 08:54 - Montina A.

Congratulations on your winnings. GOD Bless you and your family. ?

6/09/2021 06:03 - roberta n.

Congratulation on this wonderful blessing that you have received. Praying for your wife and her healing. You are a wonderful man to think of Family first. God bless you and your family.

6/09/2021 02:39 - Janet R.

What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing. Now go get your wife in to see some great doctors. May everything be fine with her. Congratulations on your win.

6/09/2021 02:32 - Douglas H.

Congratulations! You're a good man making sure your family is cared for first over anything.Material items are just that..but our loved ones are priceless You deserve this blessing. Prayers for your wife and better healthy days ahead

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