NC pool players match 4 of 5 numbers in Powerball
Posted January 11
Liberty, N.C. — While no one matched all six numbers Saturday, pushing the Powerball jackpot over a billion dollars, a group friends in Liberty came oh-so-close.
A customer at Hurricane Jane's, a bar just north of Siler City, suggested a Powerball pool on Friday, bar owner Jane Moore said. In all, 11 people joined in to raise $100 for 50 tickets.
Moore and Wesley Prescott were among those taking a chance, and they saw that investment pay off when the numbers rang out during Saturday's drawing. The group was holding a ticket with four of five white balls and the Powerball. They missed a potential $950 million payout by just one ball, and on that ball, by a single digit.
Their ticket: 16 19 33 34 57 Powerball: 13
The winning numbers: 16 19 32 34 57 Powerball: 13
"We were one digit away from the maximum prize," Moore said.
"If the 32 had been a 33, oh my gosh," Prescott added.
Instead of feeling sick about their close call, the group is looking forward to the next draw.
They will split $50,000 and invest some of it in tickets for Wednesday's drawing worth an estimated $1.4 billion.
"I never really thought about being a winner, so it was pretty awesome to get the call," Prescott said.
"I feel pretty good," he said. "I may have spent $50 in my lifetime on lottery tickets. I'm ahead in the game."
Moore said the group was planning to meet Monday to decide how to share their windfall and to pool money for another ride in Wednesday's drawing.