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Harnett County couple will take 50th wedding anniversary trip after $1 million Powerball win

November 28, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:20 AM

A 50th wedding anniversary just got a whole lot sweeter for Edward Davis Jr. of Lillington as he and his wife will celebrate with a vacation after winning a $1 million Powerball prize on Wednesday.

“We haven’t decided where we will go yet, but we will definitely go somewhere,” he said.

Davis bought the $2 Quick Pick ticket from Fast Mart on South Main Street in Lillington.

“I was stunned,” he recalled. “It still hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Davis matched the numbers on all five white balls to win his prize. The odds of matching all five white balls are 1 in 11.6 million. He said he has a special item he wants to purchase with his winnings.

“I want a tractor,” Davis laughed. “Probably a John Deere.”

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, Davis took home $712,501.

Both the Powerball and the Mega Million games offer big jackpots this week. Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot stands at $335 million as an annuity or $153.1 million cash. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot stands at $374 million as an annuity, or $173.5 million in cash. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million. The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302 million.

Powerball and Mega Millions are two of six draw 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 the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. Lottery players can also now play digital instants games on the lottery website.

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12/04/2023 07:18 - Roger K.

712,501 Hawaii, here I come if I won that!

11/29/2023 05:56 - Darlene E.

Congrats and Happy Anniversary.

11/29/2023 12:29 - Basil C.

Congrats on your win Edward. You deserve it.

11/28/2023 11:21 - shirley b.

VA has dropped several trips I. the past week and NC has only dropped a few the whole year. No competition here NCEL.

11/28/2023 08:16 - Renee J.

I agree. Move those instant games out of the way from blocking out everything else. Very unnecessary and Annoying.

11/28/2023 05:59 - Steven B.

its not exotic but we had a great time in charleston,sc on vacation. also san diego,ca both have a lot to see and do.congrats to you!

11/28/2023 04:09 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you both.Enjoy your winning

11/28/2023 12:47 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte! :)

11/28/2023 10:25 - Bob F.

It’s really disappointing to see the website and app changed with the digital games blocking everything else. I get it that those games are highly addictive like video poker and will generate a ton of revenue but you guys talk about playing responsibly and then do that . Make it make sense.

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