Ever driven down Highway 17 between Jacksonville and Wilmington before? If so, you have passed through the small town of Hampstead, North Carolina. Locals call the highway “the gauntlet” because so much traffic comes through.
We’re telling you all this about Hampstead because within the past week, a trio of lucky $10,000-winning Powerball tickets were sold there: two for the same drawing at the same store, and another one just 6.7 miles away. Both stores have Highway 17 addresses.
Two of the tickets, for last Wednesday’s drawing, were sold at the Hill Top Grocery & Service Station. One of those $10,000 prizes was won by Tina Coleman, who lives in Hampstead. But we still don’t know who has the other ticket that was sold there. And then there’s the third $10,000-winning ticket, this one from Saturday’s drawing, which was sold at the Hampstead Country Store, just a few miles away.
Who’s holding the other winning tickets? We don’t know yet. It could very well be more residents of Pender County. But there’s no telling, the winning tickets might have been purchased by players “just passing through” or visiting one of the many golf courses located in or near Hampstead.
The Powerball jackpot rolled again Saturday night and now stands at an estimated $153 million for Wednesday’s drawing. We wish everyone in Hampstead, everyone driving down Highway 17, and players across the state of North Carolina the very best of luck.