Charlotte resident wins $1 million in Powerball, jackpot grows to $550 million

Charlotte resident wins $1 million in Powerball, jackpot grows to $550 million

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - One Charlotte resident is a $1 million richer after buying a winning Powerball ticket from a north Charlotte convenience store.

According to a spokesperson with the North Carolina Education Lottery, the winning $1 million ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven convenience store on Sam Roper Drive. Officials say three $50,000 tickets were sold in surrounding counties.

The winning numbers were 2-18-37-39-42 for the white balls and 12 for the red Powerball.

The three $50,000 tickets were sold separately at Murphy USA on Lincolnton Highway in Cherryville, the Speedway convenience store on NC 16 in Denver and Run-In on Elkin Highway in Wilkesboro.

Officials say the winning Charlotte ticket beat the odds of one in 11.7 million. The people who won the $50,000 tickets beat the odds of one out of 913,129.

If you're feeling lucky, you still have a chance win the Powerball jackpot since there was no grand prize winner in Wednesday's $460 million drawing. The winning Charlotte ticket was one of at least six tickets that were worth $1 million.

Saturday night's Powerball jackpot will be an estimated $550 million, officials say.

Alice Garland, who is the executive director of the NC Education Lottery, released this statement Thursday:

“We would love to see someone from North Carolina bring home Saturday’s $550 million jackpot. Powerball is creating a lot of excitement and helping raise money for education. Remember, if you play, it only takes one ticket to win.”

Officials said Saturday's jackpot is the sixth largest jackpot in Powerball history. 

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