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Clemson loss leads to $150,000 Powerball win for Randolph County man

November 16, 2022 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:28 AM
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Watching the luck running out for his Clemson Tigers football team inspired Jacob Strickland of Asheboro to try his own luck playing Powerball, resulting in a $150,000 prize.

“We were watching football with some friends and Clemson was getting beat terribly by Notre Dame,” Strickland said. “We were joking we should get lottery tickets because our luck couldn’t get any worse.”

And that’s exactly what he did. Strickland, a 29-year-old welder, purchased a Quick Pick ticket for the Nov. 5 drawing using Online Play on his phone.

“It really was a last-minute thing right before the drawing,” he said.

Strickland’s luck prevailed as he matched numbers on four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000 on his $3 Power Play ticket. The prize tripled to $150,000 when the 3X Power Play multiplier hit.

“It was just a day of disbelief because I’ve never won anything before,” Strickland said.

After he called his mom to tell her he won, Strickland sent a screenshot of his win to his friends who he watched the Clemson game with.

“They all thought I was lying,” he laughed.

Strickland claimed his prize Tuesday and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $106,516. He said he will invest some of the money and put the rest in savings.

Powerball is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets at a retail location or with Online Play 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.


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11/20/2022 03:17 - Nicholas s.

Have called numerous times about the $5 loteria ticket not scanning second chances have been trying for over a week nowNC Lottery
Hey there, Nicholas! Thank you for reaching out. We have escalated this issue to our developers and they will investigate further and hopefully have this resolved ASAP. We apologize for any inconvenience! Do you mind sharing the entry code with us for one of the tickets that haven't scanned? We won't publish the code, but will pass it on to the developers so they can look at the specific batch of tickets.

11/20/2022 07:54 - Denver G.

LZ, I am also having the same issue as Troy with the $5 Loteria ticket saying "invalid", its been saying that for over a week now. Also I had to unistall and reinstall the app AGAIN in order to scan tickets.NC Lottery
Hi, Denver! We're so sorry about this and appreciate you trying to troubleshoot the issue on your own. We've passed this along to our developers who will hopefully have this investigated and resolved soon. Thanks for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience! Do you mind sharing the entry code with us for one of the tickets that haven't scanned? We won't publish the code, but will pass it on to the developers so they can look at the specific batch of tickets.

11/19/2022 08:23 - Rachael S.

Congrats on the big win!

11/19/2022 06:56 - Sabrina D S.

Congrats!!

11/17/2022 10:40 - Troy W.

The app isn't accepting $5 Loteria tickets to scan. I've tried multiple tickets from multiple books, and the just says, "Invalid Ticket Submission." All of my other tickets scanned, no problem. Please fix!NC Lottery
Hey there, Troy! Our developers are currently looking into this issue. Do you mind sharing the entry code with us for one of the tickets that haven't scanned? We won't publish the code, but will pass it on to the developers so they can look at the specific batch of tickets.

11/17/2022 06:22 - Darlene E.

Congrats on the win.Now play the score heavy. May win!!!

11/17/2022 05:28 - Roger K.

Congratulations to you!

11/16/2022 10:14 - david s.

congrats keep it up

11/16/2022 03:42 - shirley b.

What is up with these numbers

11/16/2022 11:22 - MICHAEL B.

Congratulations!

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