North Carolina has a new multi-millionaire among its ranks.
According to the NC Education Lottery, a $344.6 million Powerball Lottery ticket was just sold at Carlie C’s IGA off North Main Street in Hope Mills, NC (about 100 miles east of Charlotte).
“It’s a lucky day to be in North Carolina,” commented NC Lottery Director Mark Michalko. “We look forward to meeting the jackpot winner, but the most important thing for the winner to do today is sign the back of the ticket and secure it in a safe place. This is a life-changing event. The lucky winner should take some time and get sound professional advice before coming in to get the big check.”
The winning numbers were 6, 15, 34, 45 and 52, with a Powerball of 8.
The ticket holder now has 179 days left to claim their ticket at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. They will have the choice to receive $344.6 million in annual payments over 29 years or take home a lump sum of $223.3 million.