RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Lee County man managed to turn $3 into $100,000.
The North Carolina Education Lottery said James Blalock of Sanford purchased a $3 Power Play ticket from Short Stop on Carbonton Road in Sanford. He matched the numbers on four white balls and the red Powerball in the Oct. 18 drawing to win $50,000. His prize doubled to $100,000 when the 2X multiplier hit.
Blalock claimed his prize and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $71,251.
Monday’s Powerball drawing offers a $85 million jackpot, or $36.9 million in cash.
Players can buy Powerball tickets at any lottery retail location or through Online Play on the lottery’s website or the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.
The lottery says ticket sales from draw games like Powerball raised more than $1 billion for education last year. For details on how $4.7 million raised by the lottery was used Lee County in 2022, click here and visit the “Impact” section.