“She’s very excited to go,” Coleman said about his daughter. “We’ll probably go this summer.”
Coleman learned of his good luck while checking weekly tickets at the Circle V Mart on South McPherson Church Road in Fayetteville. As he checked the Powerball ticket, he read a message telling him to go to lottery headquarters.
“My daughter and I were heading out of the store when I stopped and thought, ‘wait a minute,’” recalled Coleman, who works as a finance director. He immediately signed the ticket and headed home after double checking that the ticket was a big winner.
Coleman’s $3 Power Play ticket matched numbers on four white balls and the red Powerball to win $50,000. The odds of matching four white balls and the Powerball are 1 in 913,129. Due to the Power Play feature, that prize doubled to $100,000 when the 2X multiplier was drawn.
“This is a blessing,” Coleman said. “I started to hold on to the ticket for a few months before claiming it.”
Coleman decided instead to head to lottery headquarters Monday to claim his prize. After required federal and state tax withholdings he took home $71,017.
Monday’s Powerball drawing offers a $124 million jackpot or $81.9 million in cash. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.
Powerball is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets either at a retail store and through Online Play on the lottery’s website, or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. The other games are Mega Millions, Lucky For Life, and Carolina Cash 5.
Ticket sales from draw games like Powerball make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $22.7 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Cumberland County in 2021, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.