Columbia man ‘could hardly sleep’ after $1 million Powerball win

Published 4:53 pm Friday, December 1, 2023

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Lloyd Armstrong, of Columbia, stopped for gas on his way to play pool Friday night, November 17, 2023 and left with a ticket that would pocket him a $1 million Powerball prize.

Armstrong bought the $2 ticket from Duck Thru Food Store on U.S. 64 East in Columbia. When his wife and son told him Sunday, November 19 about a winning ticket in Tyrrell County. Armstrong recalled thinking, “Okay, wow. I really need to check my ticket.”

Armstrong, an insurance agent, conducted the check in his living room that night and saw his numbers matched the numbers on all five white balls in the drawing. The odds of matching all five white balls to win $1 million are 1 in 11.6 million. After discovering his win, Armstrong and his wife took pictures of the ticket.

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“We looked at each other and said, ‘what are we going to do now?’”  Armstrong laughed. “We could hardly sleep last night.”

Armstrong claimed his prize Monday, November 20 at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, Armstrong took home $712,501. He plans to reach out to a financial planner, pay bills, donate to his church and take a trip to Scotland with his winnings.

For details on how lottery funds have made an impact in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website,