BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. — One of the $188-million jackpot-winning Powerball tickets was sold in Brunswick County, N.C., lottery officials announced Thursday afternoon.
The winning ticket was sold at Scotchman convenience store on Whiteville Road in Shallotte. The winner will take home a piece of the $564 million jackpot, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.
“It’s a lucky day to be in North Carolina,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “We look forward to meeting the jackpot winner, but the most important thing for the winner to do today is sign the back of the ticket and secure it in a safe place. This is a life-changing event. The lucky winner should take some time and get sound professional advice before coming in to get the big check.”
The win is the fourth time that a North Carolina ticket has claimed a Powerball jackpot.
The other two winners bought tickets in Princeton, Texas, and Puerto Rico. It is the first time for a jackpot winner outside the continental U.S. Besides 44 states and Washington, D.C., the game is also played in the Virgin Islands, but there has never been a jackpot winner there.
This jackpot is the fifth largest prize in U.S. history, with a cash value of $381 million. The drawing was held Wednesday night.
Besides the jackpot win, North Carolinians playing the Powerball game won $3.3 million in total prizes in Wednesday’s drawing, including two tickets worth $1 million, three tickets worth $30,000, and five tickets worth $10,000. The $1 million-winning tickets were sold at Quality Mart on Beryl Road in Raleigh and at the Food Lion on East Market Street in Greensboro.
A lot of other people won smaller prizes too.
A total of 279 people in North Carolina won at least $100.
The winning numbers are: 11, 13, 25, 39 and 54, with a Powerball number of 19.