WILSON COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Elizabeth Johnson, of Lucama, won $2 million in last Saturday’s drawing after buying her Powerball ticket, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.
Last Wednesday when, at the end of a busy day, she rushed to get her numbers into that night’s Powerball drawing.
Or at least, Johnson thought she had. She actually missed the 9:57 p.m. cutoff to buy a ticket using Online Play by one minute.
Her bad luck turned into good luck on Saturday because her Quick Pick ticket was good for that drawing.
“It was definitely a shock!” Johnson said. “When I got the message saying that I had won I thought, ‘Well, I didn’t even play tonight.’”
Her lucky $3 Power Play ticket matched the numbers on all five white balls to win $1 million in Saturday’s drawing.
Johnson’s prize doubled to $2 million when the 2X multiplier was drawn. The odds of matching all five white balls are 1 in 11.6 million.
Johnson, who works as an interpreter, claimed her prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home $1,415,001 after required federal and state tax withholdings.
She says she’ll buy a house and go on vacation with her big win.
“The kids want to go to Disneyland,” Johnson said. “We’ve never been and now we’ll get to.”
Where can I get the latest lottery numbers?
Watch lottery drawings on FOX8! Mega Millions airs at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday. Powerball airs at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. The NC Lottery airs at 11:22 p.m. every night.
You can also find the lottery results online on the FOX8 website.