$572 million Powerball jackpot would make quite a holiday gift

Published 4:46 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2023

The North Carolina Education Lottery has announced the continued climb of the Powerball jackpot, giving North Carolinians the opportunity to unwrap a $572 million present on December 20, 2023.

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot stands at a $572 million annuity that is worth $286.7 million in cash. The jackpot represents the fourth Powerball jackpot to climb above half a billion dollars this year.

Monday’s Powerball drawing saw a $1 million prize won in North Carolina on a ticket bought at a Jackson County grocery store. It was one of only two $1 million prizes won in the country on Monday. The other occurred in New York.

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The lucky North Carolina ticket came from the Ingles Markets on U.S. 64 East in Cashiers. The $2 ticket matched the numbers on all five white balls to win $1 million. The odds of matching numbers on all five white balls are 1 in 11.6 million.

“We have consistently seen players win big prizes playing Powerball this year,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “We always remind players that when they buy a Powerball ticket, they have nine different ways to win so check every ticket carefully after the drawing.”

In another big North Carolina win Monday, a $2 ticket bought in Charlotte won $50,000. The ticket, purchased at the Stop & Go on South Tryon Street, matched the numbers on four of the white balls and the red Powerball.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

“During the holiday season, Play Smart, Gift Smart raises awareness that lottery tickets are not appropriate gifts for kids as part of a national gift responsibly campaign. Research shows that the earlier someone participates in or is exposed to gambling, the more likely they are to develop a gambling problem later in life. Check out this blog to learn more and Play Smart, Gift Smart this holiday season,” stated an N.C. Education Lottery news release.

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