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Moore County woman runs out of Diet Mountain Dew and into $100,000 Powerball win

November 16, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:45 AM

After Pinehurst resident Rose Anderson finished her supply of Diet Mountain Dew, she stopped at the store to get more, added a Powerball ticket, and won a $100,000 prize on Monday.

“I didn’t plan to stop there that day, but I remembered I was out of Diet Mountain Dew,” she laughed. “I guess I have my thirst to thank.”

Anderson bought her lucky $3 Quick Pick ticket from Quality Mart on Old U.S. 1 South in Southern Pines. She matched the numbers on four white balls and the red Powerball to win $50,000. Her prize doubled to $100,000 when the 2X multiplier hit.

“I was speechless,” she said. “I just literally sat there looking at it for a while.”

Anderson said she chose to share the prize with her fiancé, Newton McCurdey Jr.

“I called him on the phone and said, ‘I think I won $100,000,’’ she recalled.

They arrived at lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the prize. They each claimed $50,000 and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, both took home $35,625.

“I’m going to take care of some bills and then help some people that I know who need some help,” Anderson said.

North Carolinians have two chances to win big this weekend as Powerball and Mega Millions offer dueling jackpots. On Friday, Mega Millions features a $267 million jackpot, worth $122 million as a lump sum, and then, on Saturday, Powerball offers a $280 million jackpot, or $128.6 million as a lump sum.

Players can buy Powerball or Mega Millions tickets at any lottery retail location or through Online Play on the lottery’s website or the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million and the odds of winnings the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.


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11/17/2023 08:35 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte! :)

11/17/2023 12:33 - Douglas H.

Way to go Rose what a fantastic win. I hope you get to do wonderful things with it.

11/16/2023 10:35 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Rose on your winning and getting that MtDew Fix.I love the Dew Also. Have fu.

11/16/2023 07:31 - Marie B.

Congrats. I have a question about entering my second chance tickets. I can't find on this new site. I like the new site but it is hard to find stuff. Maybe a short tutorial as to where the information is stored now would help. thanks,NC Lottery
Hi, Marie! Sorry about that! You can enter your tickets under the "Rewards" tab under "Ticket Entry", or directly at this link: https://nclottery.com/rewardsticketentry. You'll automatically earn Lucke-Rewards points and second chance entries for any eligible tickets.

11/16/2023 07:26 - Beverly R.

How do I enter my tickets in your new website? I logged in but do not see where to enter tickets? I can check points total, redeem tickets, everything but enter tickets.NC Lottery
Hi, Beverly! You can still enter tickets under the "Rewards" tab > "Ticket Entry" or at the link here: https://nclottery.com/rewardsticketentry. Hope this helps! :)

11/16/2023 01:29 - Jami R.

Congratulations on your win. Now for NCEL…this new website lacks alot to be desired. In my opinion…and we all have one…it is not very user friendly. To me it’s complicated. However, i do like the new online games. Thankfully they all have a demo. LOL.NC Lottery
Thanks for the feedback, Jami! We're happy to hear you like the new games, and sorry we missed the mark on some of the redesign elements!

11/16/2023 12:37 - Justin J.

Where can we enter tickets for 2nd chance on your website (not the app). Since your site has been updated, I can not find it.NC Lottery
Hey there, Justin! You can enter your tickets at https://nclottery.com/rewardsticketentry (under the Rewards tab, click "Rewards Ticket Entry") to earn Lucke-Rewards points and second chance entries for any eligible tickets!

11/16/2023 11:23 - Jeff H.

Haha Maybe!!

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