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‘Beginner’s luck’ wins Buncombe County woman $150,000 Powerball prize

January 11, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:52 AM
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Rebecca Powell of Weaverville bought a Powerball ticket for the first time on Saturday and, hours later, won a $150,000 prize.

“I thought I’d just give it a try,” she said. “The lady at the store told me, ‘You truly have beginner’s luck.’”

Powell, 48, said she has been having trouble processing her big win.

“It’s like a dream,” she said. “Except I haven’t been able to sleep.”

Powell bought the lucky $3 Power Play ticket from the Quickmart 4 on Short Coxe Ave in Asheville.

“When they did the Powerball drawing, I was looking at the numbers and then I screamed at my husband,” she recalled. “I said, ‘Oh my God we won.’”

Her winning ticket matched numbers on four white balls and the red Powerball to win $50,000. The prize tripled to $150,000 when the 3X Power Play multiplier hit. One other lucky player, Ronda Isaac of Lincolnton, also won $150,000 in Saturday’s drawing.

“I never would ever think I would win something like this,” Powell said. “I’m going to make this count.”

Powell claimed her prize at lottery headquarters and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $106,876. She said she wants to buy a car and put some money toward a new home.

Wednesday’s Powerball drawing offers a $360 million jackpot, or $188.7 million in cash. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

Players can buy their Powerball tickets at a retail location or with Online Play through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.


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1/12/2023 05:45 - Paula F.

Congratulations. Enjoy

1/11/2023 10:11 - Sabrina D S.

Congrats!!

1/11/2023 09:31 - Lachanda F.

Congratulations ??

1/11/2023 09:28 - Gina C.

HAPPY FOR YOU (: , You must be blessed with luck, God Bless

1/11/2023 07:50 - Velma T.

Congratulations!!

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