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Craven County vet wins $100,000 prize in Christmas Day Powerball drawing

Posted December 27, 2019 4:58 p.m. EST

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The Christmas Day Powerball drawing delivered the best present ever to Floyd Cox of Dover, a Vietnam War veteran, when he won a $100,000 prize.

Cox, a retired painter, said his Powerball present took the No. 1 ranking because it was a “once-in-a-lifetime present.” He became the top prize winner in North Carolina in the drawing while two others won a $50,000 prize.

In all, 19,667 North Carolina lottery players received a Powerball present, ranging in value from $4 to Cox’s $100,000.

His good luck started Christmas Day when he stopped at the Vanceboro Food Mart on N.C. 43 in Vanceboro and bought a Quick Pick ticket. He said he discovered his present the next morning when he checked his Powerball numbers on the lottery’s smartphone app.

“Like the birth of a new day,” said Cox of his win.

Cox claimed the prize Friday at lottery headquarters. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $70,751.

He said he planned to use the money to help his four children and may take a trip to Times Square for the New Year’s Eve celebration.

Cox’s $3 Power Play ticket matched numbers on four of the white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. The prize doubled when the 2X multiplier was drawn.

The ticket beat odds of one in 913,129. Since no one won the Christmas Day jackpot, it now stands at $200 million, or $134.3 million as cash, in Saturday’s jackpot.

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