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Two Powerball tickets win $1 million as jackpot surges

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Two Powerball tickets sold in North Carolina were one red Power Ball away from hitting the jackpot on Saturday night. Because no ticket matched all six numbers, Wednesday’s jackpot stands as the third-largest in the history of the game with an annuity value estimated at $360 million ($229.2 million cash).

The lucky $1-million winning tickets beat odds of 1 in 5.1 million to match all five white balls. They were sold at Ingles Market #62 on Leicester Highway in Asheville and Sheetz #411 on N.C. 150 North in Winston-Salem.

Two more tickets beat odds of 1 in 648,976 to match four white balls and the Powerball making them worth $10,000 each. They were sold at Sam’s Mart #7 on Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte and Lowe's Foods #199 on Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington.

The winning numbers for the drawing were 6-13-19-23-43 for the white balls and 16 for the red Power Ball. Winning ticketholders have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes.

The Powerball jackpot hasn’t been this big since November. When a $327 million jackpot was not hit in the Nov. 24 drawing, it rolled to the largest amount ever for the game. That $587.5 million jackpot, for the Nov. 28 drawing, was split by tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri.

Since Powerball started here in 2006, three North Carolina players have won the jackpot. Jackie Alston of Halifax won $74.5 million in November 2006, Jeff Wilson of Kings Mountain won $88.1 million in June 2009 and Frank Griffin of Asheville won $141.4 million in February 2010.

We will be watching with all our North Carolina players on Wednesday night to see if our state makes history again. Good luck to everyone!

87 Comments

On 5/12/2013 03:32, loves said

it would be a true blessing to be a big winner to be able to bless others and this is what i would do with the winnings

On 5/12/2013 03:56, Cassandra said

I wanna winnnnnn

On 5/12/2013 05:19, Player said

I want to pay off all my bills and take my husband on a nice trip.

On 5/12/2013 05:56, Player said

great job nc

On 5/12/2013 06:16, Player said

I'M GOING TO WINNNNNN

On 5/12/2013 07:18, Player said

i want to win to

On 5/12/2013 07:32, Player said

if i could win i would pay bill off and share with other family member

On 5/12/2013 07:33, 1rock2king said

you must be extremely lucky to win the JACKPOT!! I won 4.00 dollars on PB last night! First time in a very,very long time that I got any numbers correct on PB. Was won off my numbers I play all the time! One white ball my pick and the powerball number was a quick pick. Hope one day soon like Wednesday night, my numbers will come up! Y'all might find out my name, but you won't find me....Good luck everyone!

On 5/12/2013 07:40, Huttstallion said

All the good you could do for people, couldnt put that into words.....thats for sure.....

On 5/12/2013 08:34, Player said

I'm still trying, but it's coming, I can feel it. Congrats NC we are taking them there.

On 5/12/2013 08:44, Player said

is it rigged some way ? i have tried and tried . please put more winnings on the scratch offs

On 5/12/2013 09:15, brownsugar said

I have faith and I'm going to win!

On 5/12/2013 09:53, NewBreed said

I would like to win that $350 million myself.

On 5/12/2013 10:24, Player said

i did not play saturday may 11-2013, i will play wednesday may 15-2013,which me well!cacplayer.

On 5/12/2013 11:25, Player said

I speak supernatural increase favor and abundance to come to my house thru the lottery for wednesday night drawing!!!

On 5/12/2013 11:27, Player said

My birthday is this wednesday, so i'm betting on big luck like the rest of ya!

On 5/12/2013 11:39, flowerr1 said

Good Luck to All. You gotta play to win!

On 5/13/2013 03:01, Playerherman said

N.C needs me to wen that for shower [ amen]

On 5/13/2013 05:57, Sheila M. said

I need to win. With the winnings, I would first tithe 10% to the best church in NC--Mt. Zion Baptist Church located in Greensboro, NC, pay off all my son's school loans and to be debt-free. Paying off my son's school loans would be an opportune law school graduation gift from a single parent to give him a fresh start with his new family. Lord, please help me to win and I would be eternally grateful.

On 5/13/2013 07:43, powerxx said

Fayetteville here I go,I'm winning this time,u just wait and see

On 5/13/2013 07:58, Player said

I am the winner I am.

On 5/13/2013 08:23, naebazz said

I am the winner!

On 5/13/2013 08:47, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (WNNC) - Whether you've played once before or many times before, your odds of winning don't increase or decrease... it takes a lot of luck to win a prize each time you play. Games of chance can be fun - but if you're not enjoying yourself, we suggest taking a break :-)

On 5/13/2013 08:48, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (CB) - Happy early birthday... and good luck!!

On 5/13/2013 09:22, Player said

I would love to win but I don't need it all I would have to give it away to change someone else's life:)

On 5/13/2013 10:24, shushu said

GOD FAVORS ME!!!

On 5/13/2013 11:03, Player said

I would love to win, pay off bills, but mainly to help out my family the way they have always helped me.

On 5/13/2013 11:18, Phil said

If I won I would do alot for some Churchs, then my family would have a GREAT TIME!! I`d help all those I could, mainly the elder who draw a small check each month,help with there meds, power bills whatever would help them, Good Luck NC

On 5/13/2013 11:41, Player said

with being a caregiver of my totally invalid 91 year old mother, this would be a true blessing

On 5/13/2013 11:48, James said

to GOD be the glory when I win

On 5/13/2013 01:48, baddcatt326 said

Good luck to all!

On 5/13/2013 02:19, Player said

I am praying that my friend and I will win!!!!!! Good Luck To You All!!!!!!

On 5/13/2013 03:02, Cassandra said

Its amazing how I been playing since it started and still believe that I am going to win big.......wow I got some faith huh! $350,000,000 please come to me and my family we are struggling bad, each day we have to see what to eat, our van is broke, can't even afford to get our grass cut. Still waiting to get food stamps just to eat...Lord my family need a financial blessing, have mercy on me Lord please...I applied and applied for work and all I get is no not qualified.....Help me and my family Lord HELP

On 5/13/2013 03:04, Cassandra said

I PRAY I WIN

On 5/13/2013 03:43, kelly said

I know many of you hope and pray for a win but remember whats been said, it takes alot of luck. now I'm a christian and pray daily and I also play the lottery but I don't pray to win but what little I do win I give thanks and tithe a portion to him when do that you'll enjoy playing a whole lot more

On 5/13/2013 04:21, Lucke-Zone said

@ CASSANDRA + @ PLAYER (R01) - Please remember that we remind players each day that games of chance are a form of entertainment, there is never a guarantee of winning - only a chance to win. Games of chance can be fun, but there are so many things in life more important than the lottery.

On 5/13/2013 04:46, Cassandra said

@ LUCKE-ZONE You are right my family is most important and that is why I strive day to day hoping and praying and wishing..... I don't know what the future holds but I tell you and everyone this for my family sake is why I will keep pushing and pushing pray until something happens I also say when I do win remember my name sweetie because when we meet I am going to bless you and give you a great big hug. Just because I love the Lord and HE LOVES ME AND ALL :-)

On 5/13/2013 05:57, Npt said

The universe was created. Hitting these 6 numbers are minuscule in the grand scheme of things. I have a feeling like you'll hear my name again. Good luck to all both mega and powerball are up there in value. Lets get it!!!!

On 5/13/2013 08:02, readmore said

Hoke or Moore County resident will win big.

On 5/13/2013 09:35, fatboy71 said

congrats Leicester nc on the BIG win for WNC !!

On 5/14/2013 01:20, phunter said

Truly I will still be the same and I will bless my Church, family and friends...Lord shower me with your favor....Amen

On 5/14/2013 02:32, danitheirishlass said

@Kelly Amen. You hit it on the head! I would repay kindnesses, of course help family, perhaps even start a charity or scholarship. You are so right. Be grateful for what you win and tithe a portion is the right way to do it!

On 5/14/2013 07:49, 1rock2king said

Just rolled out my numbers to play on Wednesday night! I have my bottles with numbers in them, I shake it up and let my numbers roll out. If anyone wants to play these numbers, go ahead and write them down. There is no Guarantee that they are winners! But you can play them if you want too! I will be writing them down for Wednesday night's drawing. Who knows, we might be sharing the Jackpot! 24-31-34-50-55+18 good luck to you all and good luck to me!!!

On 5/14/2013 08:44, beth6474 said

i would pray that i would win big just one time i have been given 4 years to live and my children want something left for them if i won it would let me pay off all my bill pay for my own funeral and be able to give my children some to live on and help as many homeless families out there that i could so Lord I pray that I win just this once. i would love to be able to help other families too.

On 5/14/2013 11:05, SWEETDADDY said

I'M GONNA WIN ONEDAY

On 5/14/2013 11:14, I am rich said

It only takes one ticket and I am manifesting that one for my family on this wed night! But you all can win next time!!!

On 5/14/2013 11:28, DejaBlu said

I pay $2 for a ticket every once in a while when I feel LUCK-E. One set of numbers I pick and the other set is a QuickPick. Even if I win $4, it's still fun..You never know!!! Have fun and Good Luck to Everyone whos playing this Wednesday. :-)

On 5/14/2013 12:23, SlySlim said

I have been playing the lottery for thirty-seven years straight and has spent over three hundred and seventy nine thousand dollars (379,000)on tickets.I cannot stop until I hit one jackpot,one day,hopefully soon.

On 5/14/2013 12:36, Elitegrl said

Good to hear that someone won the big prizes on Powerball in NC! I always play 1 or 2 QP each time for fun. I often won some small prizes on the lotto(a few dollars+). It is all about luck on playing the lottery. Hopefully, I will hit the big prizes someday in the future. Good Luck to everyone! :)

On 5/14/2013 03:20, Cassandra said

@ EVERYONE I LOVE READING ALL THE FAITHFUL RESPONSES IT KEEPS A SMILE ON MY FACE THANK YOU....EVERYBODY IS A WINNER WITH GOD KEEP THE FAITH,HOPE AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE I PRAY THAT GOD ANSWER ALL OUR PRAYERS NO MATTER WHAT IT MAY BE.... BLESS YOU ALL....ALWAYS CASSANDRA

On 5/14/2013 06:00, DDennis said

Well I would do just like anyone else....pay off ALL my bills. Then I would take a vacation for a week with my family and make a plan with all of my winnings that the universe has emitted back to me. Of I would give some of the money to others In need and feel real good about giving because I have made someone as happy as myself. I believe, Im determined and I always have unwavering FAITH!! And just be grateful and thankful for what God/Universe has blessed me with. :D

On 5/14/2013 06:24, Suertuda said

I fell Luke and I hope I win to help lost of people. With God Bless.

On 5/14/2013 06:33, Player said

LITTLE ST.PAULS ON THE MAP WINNER IN THE NAME OF JESUS. 350 MILLON WILL COME TO THIS HOUSE THANK YOU LORD.

On 5/14/2013 09:12, Player said

I won can't believe it

On 5/15/2013 06:05, Player said

I think the lottery should be split between numerous people. Imagine if 10 or more tickets were allowed to win. That would help the economy tremendously! Will this ever happen?

On 5/15/2013 09:55, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (P457) - Hey, Paula, is that you?? We enjoyed meeting you yesterday - congratulations on your win!!!

On 5/15/2013 10:05, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (E) - We've heard that suggestion before, but changing the way Powerball works isn't just up to the North Carolina lottery, since the game is played in 42 states, Washington DC, and the US Virgin Islands. Why don't you take an informal survey of other lottery players you know and see if they would still be interested to buy a Powerball ticket if the odds of hitting the jackpot were still 1 in 175 million, but the $40 million starting jackpot would have to be split 10 ways. We offer a variety of games so that hopefully one has the features that players like you enjoy. Good luck to you!

On 5/15/2013 10:07, selfmade said

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE TONIGHT.

On 5/15/2013 11:57, siroc said

It will be a unbelievable blessing. I can help my whole family and many others. Good luck everyone.

On 5/15/2013 12:17, marian said

I AM THE WINNER!!

On 5/15/2013 01:59, PlayerMe said

There are kids in this state that go to the office every Friday and have their little book bags filled with food so that they can eat over the weekend. There are families living out of their cars. These are the people I want to help. Not in some foreign country. We have famine and devastation right out of our backdoor. I hope the winner, no matter the state remembers that when they are buying up cars and homes with too many rooms. Charity is the key to sustaining wealth.

On 5/15/2013 02:56, Cassandra said

$360,000,000 for me please Lord

On 5/15/2013 03:37, gorams15 said

Am I ever gonna win, money going everywhere except in my hand.

On 5/15/2013 04:37, Player said

LORD, Just Waiting! Want to help people/ help themselves, not just a hand out! To Just be comfortable and be a Giver to those the Holy Spirit Sends me to! I want to be Simple, Healthy, Thankful, Happy and at Peace and a Good Listener to the Spirit!

On 5/15/2013 05:13, Player said

I would give any thing if I could win so I could help my family,I love my them all so much.it hurts me so bad to see them struggle the way they are,I just wont to be able to help them so bad.and I would help others like the homless and the sick.no matter who wins I wish them the best

On 5/15/2013 08:31, Player said

good luck to all

On 5/15/2013 08:38, Player said

I really did enjoy reading what Cassandra and Player said.It would really be such a blessing for everyone. Giving back is truly a blessing. I always say the same things just like the two of you!! You both will be rewarded in doing good deeds for other people!! GOOD LUCK!!!!

On 5/15/2013 10:44, Lindy said

If I won, I would open a vet office for the poor. So many animals need help, but owners can't afford the crazy prices that a normal vet charges. The prices would be what they could afford to pay. If they have nothing, then they pay nothing. I love my pet.

On 5/15/2013 10:56, Player said

It would be a blessing to win

On 5/15/2013 11:16, Player said

yeah......i lost again. better luck next time

On 5/15/2013 11:18, Player said

If I won I would do whatever I could in my power to help my town and family out so much could do with that winning hope for the best

On 5/15/2013 11:30, Player said

I would truly be blessed to win and would help others that are having it hard and my family.

On 5/15/2013 11:55, Mr. G said

I just won $7.00 !!!! LOL

On 5/16/2013 06:33, Player said

I would like to say If I win everyone would be blessed! Keep half give rest away this way to much money for one person to have! Goog luck to all

On 5/16/2013 07:57, Player said

Having fun with it is one thing but really, praying for money? Last I checked money is the root to all evil. Shit lets feed our own starving kids in America. Be real and hey if we win we win. Good luck to you all.

On 5/16/2013 09:16, Lucke-Zone said

@ PLAYER (SL1) - We recognize that everyone has the right to their own way of looking at things. Our goal in the Lucke-Zone is for it to be a place where everyone feels welcome.

On 5/16/2013 09:43, Candy said

send me the winning numbers, Thank you!!!

On 5/16/2013 12:01, theamazinghuman said

I want to put Asheville, NC back on the map for the twenty-two year old who hit one of the largest Powerball Jackpots in history. Last year losing everything me and my family were homeless for five months living out of motels and trying to find the next meal. It broke me down opened my eyes and I became so much more wise about life. So I understand what its like to struggle and not have anything. The first thing I would do with my winnings is treat myself along with my family to all the material items we have always dreamed of along with a vacation to California (always wanted to go there). I would give back to my community for all the years they have helped my struggling single mother of four out. I would investing in real estate, buying homes but then giving them to family's who are struggling like I once was along with vehicles & college funds for their children. At last I would continue my ambition of network marketing. Good luck to everyone nation wide, remember don't let the money make you.

On 5/16/2013 12:02, Player said

I dont need a million dollars, but it would be nice. I just want to pay some bills, buy a new car , take my grand childen to Great wolfe ledge. lol

On 5/16/2013 12:24, Danny said

I would give some to friends and family and to the church to do the Lords work. I would also help the truly homeless who are trying, but just cannot get ahead. Create some jobs locally to help those who cannot find a job.

On 5/16/2013 12:38, Becky said

We have been caregivers for my elderly parents for over 5 years now. My dad has passed away but we still care for mom. During this time, we have lost our house and are now living in a much smaller home that we can barely fit in. I would love to buy or build a bigger home and have the space to give mom all the room she needed to be comfortable with all the handicap stuff she needs for the bath and a ramp, etc. First priority on my list if God should ever see fit to bless me with the money.

On 5/16/2013 01:00, Shy said

There is so much change in peoples lives I could bring with just part of this pot!!!!

On 5/16/2013 01:02, IWONDAMONEY said

GOOD LUCK PLAYERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

On 5/16/2013 01:36, 1rock2king said

seen in a store today about a new 5.00 dollar ticket coming out. top prize 200,000 thousand dollars. when will it come out!

On 5/16/2013 04:11, Lucke-Zone said

@1R2K - Maybe the game was called $200,000 Extreme Cash? If so, that should be coming out on May 28 :-)

On 5/16/2013 05:44, Player said

I just want to remind everyone of Fayetteville. Home of the 82nd.

On 5/17/2013 09:08, baddcatt326 said

Won $11,buying more tickets!

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