‘I started shaking’: North Carolina man wins $2 million Powerball prize

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RALEIGH, N.C.  — A North Carolina man said dreams of winning a jackpot helped him win a $2 million Powerball prize, according to a news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“I always buy a ticket when it’s over $100 million,” said Howard Welch III, of Kings Mountain. “I plan to win the jackpot one day.”

That dream of winning led him to the 3 Point Market & Grill on Goforth Road in Kings Mountain where he bought a $3 Quick Pick ticket for Wednesday’s drawing.

Welch didn’t realize he won until several days later when he went to buy tickets for Saturday’s drawing.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the numbers,” Welch said. “I kept thinking, ‘Is this real?’ I turned pale and started shaking I was so excited.”

Still unsure, Welch said he went back to the store and scanned his ticket to double check. When he heard the music play he knew for sure he was a winner.

Welch claimed his prize Monday morning at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $1,415,001. Welch said he plans to use some of the money to get a new house. He’ll invest the rest.

The ticket matched the numbers on the five white balls to win $1,000,000. Because he added the $1 Power Play feature, the prize doubled to $2 million when the multiplier was drawn. The ticket beat odds of one in 11.7 million.

“Hopefully I’ll be back in here,” Welch said. “We already have our tickets for the next drawing.”

The jackpot for this Wednesday’s Powerball drawing is $242 million or $148.1 million cash.

Welch is the second person in a week to play Powerball in North Carolina and win a $2 million prize. Margo Konopacke of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, claimed her prize for the Feb. 3 drawing on Tuesday. She bought her winning ticket while she was getting groceries at the Publix on Greenville Highway in Hendersonville.

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