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Powerball prize climbs to $250 million

Posted November 21, 2012

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— A lucky North Carolina resident could have an extra $250 million to spend on Black Friday if there is a winner in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing.

Lottery officials said the jackpot is the highest since August, when a $337 million prize was claimed by a player in Michigan. Two years ago, Frank Griffin of Asheville won a $141 million jackpot in the game, which is played in 33 states.

“We’d love to have another big winner in our state,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the North Carolina Education Lottery. “It’s fun to dream about winning a jackpot like this, but we encourage everyone to play responsibly.”

Saturday’s drawing produced 30,056 winning tickets totaling $238,675, according to lottery officials. The amounts ranged from $4 to $40,000.

On Monday, a Fayetteville man claimed a Carolina Cash 5 jackpot worth $159,677. Ulysses Ware matched all five numbers in the Nov. 16 drawing to win.

“I’m just really happy about this,” Ware said as he received his check, worth $108,580 after taxes.

He purchased the winning ticket at the Kangaroo Express on Bunce Road in Fayetteville.

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  • Barfly Nov 21, 7:54 p.m.

    I watched a guy buy $3 worth of gas and $17 worth of lottery tickets. Good luck.

  • Six String Nov 21, 4:11 p.m.

    Think of that $2 as an investment in...ummmm...someone's salary at Lottery HQ. And, it's only 168,000,000 to 1 odds. Funny thing is, someone, somewhere, sometime is going to beat those odds.

  • anderson Nov 21, 3:44 p.m.

    I'll run out and waste that $2 that I could use to buy about a half a gallon of gas, or maybe 3/4 of a gallon of milk for my family. Times are too tight for me to throw money at a pipedream.