North Carolina man scores $2 million Powerball win: ‘I think our life is about to change’

Published 5:16 pm Sunday, December 26, 2021

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Alfie Farlow of Charlotte said on Wednesday that he couldn’t wait to spend a magnificent Christmas with his family after winning $2 million in Monday’s Powerball drawing.

“I told them, ‘I think our life is about to change,’” Farlow said, according to a press release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Farlow said the first thing he plans to do with his winnings is put some money into an account for his two young daughters for their college tuitions.

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“My girls are not going to have to worry about their college tuition anymore; that’s what means the most to me,” Farlow said. “That is a beautiful feeling.”

Farlow bought three Quick Pick Power Play tickets from Sam’s Mart on Providence Road in Charlotte the night of Monday’s drawing. He said he got up and went to work the next day without even thinking about the Powerball tickets. After he got off work, Farlow said he looked at the Powerball numbers on his friend’s phone to see if he won.

“I saw they were a match and I didn’t believe it,” Farlow said. “It feels so surreal. You’re almost too scared to really believe it.”

His $2 million win was the largest prize won in the country in Monday’s drawing.

Farlow, a 54-year-old machinist, said after he puts away some money for his daughters’ college tuitions, he wants to buy a new home and possibly start his own trucking business.

Farlow arrived at lottery headquarters on Wednesday to collect his prize. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $1,415,000.

For details on how money raised by the lottery made an impact in 2020, visit and click on the “Impact” section.