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Powerball prize climbs to $250 million

Posted November 21, 2012 3:14 p.m. EST
Updated November 21, 2012 10:25 p.m. EST

— 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.