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Powerball jackpot increases for Saturday’s drawing

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We’re closer than ever to setting a new record for the largest jackpot in Powerball history. The jackpot for Saturday’s drawing has been boosted. A single winner could claim the jackpot as a $550 million annuity or a one-time cash payment of $350.1 million. The largest Powerball jackpot ever was the $587.5 million annuity on the line in the Nov. 28 drawing.

The announcement of the increase comes on the heels of Wednesday’s drawing, where three more lucky tickets won big prizes. For the third time this week, a North Carolina ticket was just one Powerball away from hitting the jackpot. That $1 million-winning ticket was sold at the Oakhill Deli & Grill on Oakdale Road in Charlotte. Two more tickets won $10,000 on Wednesday night. Those tickets were sold at Handy Mart #69 on N.C. 55 in Alliance (Pamlico County) and at Circle B #7 on North Main Street in Holly Springs (Wake County).

One of two $1 million prizes won in Saturday’s drawing was claimed by Paula Lampkins, a hospital housekeeper from Winston-Salem. The other prize, won by a ticket sold at the Ingles Market on Leicester Highway in Asheville, has yet to be claimed. Two tickets won $10,000 in the drawing. 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. North Carolina Powerball players have won more than $6.5 million in total prizes during the 13-drawing jackpot run, which started on April 3.

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 of our North Carolina players on Saturday night to see if our state – or the Powerball jackpot – makes history again. Good luck to everyone!

33 Comments

On 5/16/2013 02:58, kelly said

have you seen more QP,S or pick your own numbers as winners just curious

On 5/16/2013 03:05, Player said

good luck to me......

On 5/16/2013 04:00, Terry said

Yeah: Me Too !

On 5/16/2013 04:08, Lucke-Zone said

@ KELLY - A study a few years ago showed that about 3 out of 4 players Quick Pick their tickets, and that a proportional number of people who Quick Pick win. Your #'s have the same chance of winning no matter how you pick 'em... so, pick away, and good luck!

On 5/16/2013 04:27, boot said

Quick pick all the time had some luck may saturday be my luckiest day

On 5/16/2013 04:41, Vivain said

I have been dreaming of this very day- The jackpot is up and NC could get it this time. I hoping Goldsboro gets it? I have been waiting to win this, so I can get a vacation from caring for father 24/7 and get a break. It sad you can't count on family, but God will make a way! This could be it?

On 5/16/2013 04:45, Player said

good luck to all, hope some one wins that could really use the money.

On 5/16/2013 05:06, Jac4044 said

bLESS THE cOOPERS JUST ONE MORE TIME..........

On 5/16/2013 05:42, DejaBlu said

WOW!!! Everyone have fun and good luck! ~:-)

On 5/16/2013 06:31, Player said

This is my first time joining this game and this number i just found this in the pocket of the short that i buy in Godwill with 1$ money hope this brings me luck..

On 5/16/2013 08:13, 1rock2king said

It has been over 3 years since a winner has come from NC! It may be NC time, but California has Join the Powerball, now there is a big population of people who lives out there. Plus There is a bunch of States that play the powerball. But it only takes one ticket to win! I hope it will be multiple winners! I think it will be won on Saturday night! Looks like I'm going to break bad and buy 10 dollars worth this time, might add the powerplay to it too! If I'm lucky, I hope I can win 5 numbers right will be ok for me! But if I'm one of the multiple winners, that will suit me just fine! GOOD LUCK TO ALL NC PLAYERS!!

On 5/16/2013 08:16, Player said

I need that money so increase supernaturally come my way cause Im ready to receive it!!

On 5/16/2013 10:27, Player said

let a well deserving woman win !!!!

On 5/17/2013 12:44, Player said

I'll give 10% of my money away

On 5/17/2013 05:20, Player said

I would like for my ticket to win. Have already purchased my ticket.

On 5/17/2013 07:10, Suertuda said

Hola buena suerte a todos y cuando gane aquellos que necesiten búsqueme estare para ayudar por la gracia de DIOS

On 5/17/2013 10:01, Player said

Office pool today for sure!!!...

On 5/17/2013 10:22, Lucke-Zone said

@ SUERTUDA Nuestro espanol esta debil, pero queremos buena suerte a ti!

On 5/17/2013 10:50, sandman2822 said

Just bought $70 worth fingers crossed!!

On 5/17/2013 10:54, Player said

I wish all luck this sat. especially myself

On 5/17/2013 02:04, deedee said

I wish everyone good luck.We who are poor really need to win.

On 5/17/2013 02:11, Lisa said

I WOULD BUILD A HOSPICE HOMESTEAD IN MY TOWN OF WORK. IT IS A GREAT NEED. I ALWAYS THINK HELPING OTHERS COMES FIRST. I WOULD ALSO PAY OFF THE LOAN AT MY CHURCH.

On 5/17/2013 02:36, lilbit said

Boy o boy I pray I could hit my mama would never work again my three boys would be good I'll help my family I have been having some bad luck I hope this is my break throw I need this bad

On 5/17/2013 02:56, Lisa said

my lucky numbers are wonderful

On 5/17/2013 03:06, Player said

I Hope this one is the big payday!

On 5/17/2013 04:03, acsmith4 said

After Saturday, I will never have to want for lobster tail ever again.

On 5/17/2013 04:45, Player said

Little old Statesville North Carolina needs something to lighten it up also i would love to get my mother her on little nice home also open up my niece a college fund help my mother's sisters and my female cousins and give the rest of the money away to the needy

On 5/18/2013 11:01, sherry said

If I am blessed to win I will invest in my town of Wingate to start a business to created jobs.

On 5/18/2013 11:24, hamofaguy said

I know I could win in the new power ball jackpot but I dont plan to spend 2.00 of my money to try, and good luck to all who play this weekend.

On 5/18/2013 03:50, Player said

Its good to hope and pray but there's millions of people in USA and there buying 100s of dollars in tickets to so like the lottery says. You have a bigger chance getting hit by lighting or bit by a shark before you when lottery. I play scratches of tickets all the time but I don't waste money on power balls and cash 5 and that mess

On 5/18/2013 07:06, Player said

I would like to buy my son and myself a car and purchase us a new home. I would like to help my best friend and his mother. I would donate to 2 churches of my choice and charities of my choice.I would make sure my mother is well taken care of. Good Luck to you all!!!!!!!

On 5/19/2013 02:33, chris58 said

NC Lottery should have there own pick 6 or when the lottery is as high as it was last night then pick at least 50 different numbers this would really help the economy and the people not just one rich person.

On 5/21/2013 09:55, Lucke-Zone said

@ CHRIS58 - That's a creative suggestion and we've heard it from other players before... but you have to keep in mind that #1 - North Carolina can't unilaterally change the rules of Powerball, because its played in states across the country and #2 - while splitting the jackpot among more winners might be popular with some players, the reason games like Powerball are popular is because folks like playing for a super big jackpot. Someday NC may get a 6-number lotto game, but in the meantime Carolina Cash 5 is our jackpot game... good luck to you!

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