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Charlotte $1 million Powerball winner comes forward

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RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) -

The $1 million winner from Charlotte in Wednesday's historic Powerball drawing has claimed his prize money.

Clyde Tillman purchased his winning ticket at the Circle K on Selwyn Avenue in Charlotte. He collected his winnings, worth $680,001 after taxes, at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Friday afternoon.

Tillman said Monday that he is still in shock and not sure what he and his wife will do with the winnings.

He told WBTV, via phone on Monday, that he got the winning numbers using a quick pick ticket.

Tillman said that he saw the numbers on Wednesday night and didn't think he had any of them. It wasn't until he checked the numbers in the paper Thursday morning that he realized he had won.

He asked his wife to double check he says because he was so excited. 

The first $1 million prize was awarded on Thursday to Leslie Rouse and his adult son Christopher Rouse.

Leslie, who lives in Kinston, and Christopher, who lives in Winterville, purchased their winning ticket at the Kangaroo Express on U.S. 258 in Kinston.

A third $1 million prize, won by a ticket sold the Super Kmart Express on Huffman Mill Road in Burlington, has yet to be claimed.

Two $10,000-winning Powerball tickets sold in Charlotte for Wednesday's drawing have yet to be claimed. The tickets were sold at Uptown Sundries on North Tryon Street and the Circle K on Arbors Drive.

Winning ticketholders have 180 days from the date of a drawing to collect their prizes.

During the 16 Powerball drawings held as the jackpot rose from $40 million to $587.5 million, more than 625,000 tickets in North Carolina won prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million, totaling $7.4 million in overall prizes.

Those sales also boosted the local economy as lottery retailers recorded $3.1 million in lottery commissions. Sales of Powerball tickets during the record jackpot run resulted in $44.3 million in sales for that game alone in North Carolina.

From those sales, an estimated $16.8 million will go to education programs in North Carolina.

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