Prior to Wednesday’s Powerball draw, the estimated jackpot was $ 137 million, with a cash value of $ 93.8 million, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery website.
Mega Millions stands at $ 117 million, with a cash value of $ 83.6 million before Friday’s draw.
As of 2019, some residents of Cumberland County and those living in neighboring counties have already hit the jackpot.
Here is an overview of the winners and where they found their luck.
• May 19, Fredderick Russell Carroll, of Coats, won $ 1 million on a quick-choice Powerball ticket he bought from Shri Sharda Petroleum on East Stewart Street in Coats.
He claimed his prize almost three weeks later.
After the required federal and state withholding taxes, he will share $ 707,501 with his wife, Princess, and son.
“I want to pay my bills and I’m going to bring my wife over to see some doctors,” Carroll told lottery officials. “This is my main priority.
• Demetrius Underwood, from Eastover, won $ 10 million on a Colossal Cash scratch ticket he bought at the EPCO 3 Way Food Mart on Dunn Road in Eastover, according to a press release dated Jan. 2, 2019.
Underwood had the option of taking a $ 10 million annuity of 20 payments at $ 500,000 per year or a lump sum of $ 6 million.
He picked the lump sum, and after the required federal and state withholding taxes, he took home just over $ 4.23 million.
Underwood told lottery officials he planned to use the winnings to pay off his mortgage and his wife’s student loans.
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• Andrea Broadnax, from Fayetteville, is the latest winner. North Carolina Education Lottery officials announced Thursday that Broadnax had purchased a winning $ 2 million 100X The Cash ticket at the Tobacco Express on McArthur Road in Fayetteville.
She had the choice of taking an annuity of $ 100,000 per year for 20 years, or a lump sum of $ 1.2 million.
Broadnax chose the lump sum and after the required federal and state withholding taxes, won $ 849,006.
She told lottery officials that she planned to donate some of the money to her favorite charity.
• Army veteran Shelese clay, from Fayetteville, purchased a $ 5,000-winning $ 1 million Loaded game ticket at the Circle V Mart on South McPherson Church Road in Fayetteville, according to a June 4, 2019 press release.
Clay had the option of receiving an annuity of $ 1 million over 20 years or taking a lump sum of $ 600,000 and chose the lump sum. After the required federal and state deductions, she won $ 425,503.
The Fayetteville State University alumnus said she plans to invest her earnings to save and possibly take a trip to Disney World.
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• Catrina Hanton, de Fayetteville, bought a winning $ 1 million Bankroll ticket at Short Stop on Gillispie Street in Fayetteville and decided to take the lump sum, according to a Dec. 4 press release.
“I’m just planning to help my family,” Hanton told lottery officials.
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• Makela meek, from Fayetteville, won $ 1 million on a Back Scratch ticket she purchased at the one-stop shop on Strickland Bridge Road in Fayetteville, according to a May 3, 2019 press release.
Meeks had the choice of taking the million dollars over 20 years or a lump sum of $ 600,000. She chose the lump sum and after withholding tax she won $ 424,503.
• Pink rose, from Fayetteville, won a Colossal Cash Prize of $ 1 million, according to an April 9 press release.
She bought her winning $ 30 ticket at the Speedway on Yadkin Road in Fayetteville.
She chose the lump sum and won $ 424,509.
• April 24, Tyler Reece Jr., from Southern Pines, also won the Millionaire Maker Award.
Reece bought the ticket from Food Lion on Andrews Road in Fayetteville.
“I’ve always said that if I won something this big, I would remain the same person everyone has come to know,” Reece told lottery officials. “I’m not going to let him change me.”
He told lottery officials he plans to use the winnings to build another house with his wife and pay the bills, as the couple near retirement.
Reece also plans to contribute to her community and share a portion of the prize money with her family.
Reece also chose the lump sum payment.
• Ruth robinson won $ 4 million after purchasing a winning Short Stop Gold Rush ticket on Skibo Road, according to a November 3 press release.
She had the choice of taking the $ 4 million in the form of an annuity of $ 200,000 per year for 20 years or a lump sum of $ 2.4 million.
She chose the lump sum and, after federal and state tax withholding, won $ 1,698,006.
Robinson, who is a dietary director at a retired nursing home, told lottery officials that she plans to use the money to pay the bills.
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• Roman Vielka, from Autryville, won $ 1.3 million on a Cash 5 ticket she purchased from Carlie C’s IGA on Cedar Creek Road in Fayetteville, according to a May 14, 2019 press release.
After the required federal and state deductions, Roman took home $ 958,078. She said she planned to use the price to pay for her house and car.
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• In May, Artina Siler, de Fayetteville, purchased a 365 Fast Mart winning Millionaire Maker scratch ticket on North Reilly Road in Fayetteville.
At the time, she was the 12th person to claim one of 30 Millionaire Maker tickets with the $ 1 million prize.
She chose the lump sum of $ 600,000 and won $ 424,509 after required federal and state withholding taxes, according to an April 29 press release.
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• Young Suh, from Fayetteville, won over $ 1.12 million in Cash 5 draws on a ticket purchased from Sunoco on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, according to a September 20, 2019 press release.
After the required federal and state withholding taxes, he won $ 795,489.
Suh told lottery officials that he plans to use the winnings to fulfill his wife’s dream of owning a home.
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• Salon owner Jeffrey Yi won over $ 1.24 million from the Cash 5 jackpot, according to a September 29 press release.
Using his own numbers, Yi bought his ticket at the Speedway on Yadkin Road in Fayetteville.
After the required federal and state withholding taxes, he won $ 882,923.
Yi told lottery officials the income would help him reopen his business, which had to close during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mills of Hope
• One of the biggest winners in recent years is a resident of Cumberland County Charles W. Jackson Jr., who purchased a winning $ 344.6 million Powerball ticket, according to a June 2, 2019 press release.
Jackson bought the ticket at Carlie C’s IGA on North Main Street in Hope Mills.
He had a choice between an estimated annuity of $ 344.6 million paid in 30 installments over 29 years or a lump sum payment of $ 223.3 million. He opted for the lump sum payment and won $ 158 million after deductions.
Jackson told lottery officials he won’t let the winnings change who he is.
“Let me put it this way, I will always wear jeans, but I will probably buy new ones,” he said in a news conference that was broadcast live.
Jackson said he also plans to donate a portion of his earnings to St. Jude’s Hospital, the Wounded Warriors Project and the Shriners.
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• In April, Samuel James Jr. was the ninth person to claim one of the Millionaire Maker tickets.
James bought his winning $ 30 ticket at Community Mart 2 on South Main Street in Lillington.
He too chose the lump sum payment.
• James montgomery, from Sanford, won $ 1 million on a quick-choice Powerball ticket he bought at Food Lion on Buffalo Lake Road in Harnett County, according to an April 30, 2019 press release.
The retired army veteran took home $ 707,501, after federal and state tax withholding.
He and his wife planned to use the earnings to pay bills, travel a bit, and save for retirement.
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• Robert Grimone, of Pinehurst, purchased their million dollar Colossal Cash winning ticket at Circle K on Beverly Lane in Southern Pines, according to a February 10 press release. He chose the lump sum and won $ 424,509.
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• Leo Thomas, from Aberdeen, purchased a winning $ 1 million WIN IT ALL scratch ticket over the holiday season, according to a press release on Jan.6, 2020.
The retired postal worker purchased the ticket from Quality Mart on the old US South Highway 1 in Southern Pines.
He had the choice of taking an annuity of $ 1 million with 20 payments of $ 50,000 per year or a lump sum of $ 600,000. He chose the package. After federal and state tax withholding, he took home $ 424,503.
Thomas told lottery officials he planned to use part of the winnings to buy his wife a new car and put the rest into savings.
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