Someone in the Fayetteville area has won Saturday’s Powerball jackpot of $344.6 million.
The win came with a single ticket that matched all six numbers in the drawing. The winning numbers in the drawing were 6–15−34−45−52 and the Powerball was 8.
The ticket owner has a choice of an estimated annuity of $344.6 million paid in 30 payments over 29 years or a lump sum payment of $223.3 million.
The retailer selling the winning ticket was Carlie C’s IGA located at 3501 North Main St. in Hope Mills. The store in Cumberland County is eligible to receive a $50,000 retailer incentive award for selling a winning jackpot ticket.
“It’s a lucky day to be in North Carolina,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “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 winner has 180 days to claim that prize.
The win was the fifth time that North Carolina has had a Powerball jackpot winner and the seventh time that someone in the state has won either a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot.
Besides the jackpot win, someone who bought a $3 Power Play ticket at the Charlotte Bistro at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte won $100,000 in the drawing.
And there is another big jackpot up for grabs in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, which will be an estimated $475 million as an annuity, or $307 million cash.
The Powerball jackpot will reset to $40 million or $25.9 million if taken as a lump sum.