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N.C. Woman, 82, wins $400,000 in Powerball lottery

North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: N.C. Woman, 82, wins $400,000 in Powerball lottery

According to North Carolina Lottery officials, a woman's decision to make fruit salad with marshmellows last week may have helped her win a $400,000 Powerball prize.

Big Powerball Jackpot

North Carolina lottery players spent more than $3.7 million dollars last Saturday for a chance to win this past weekend's $204 million Powerball jackpot.

The Powernall jackpot numbers were matched with a single winning ticket in Wisconsin that was bought at a store along the so called "Miracle Mile" since there have been many winners who bought their tickets there.

However, a North Carolina Powerball player did win big, scoring $400,000 with her ticket. Lottery officials say another seven players won $10,000.

$400,000 Winner

Louise Thomas of Jacksonville claimed her prize of $400,000 this week at the North Carolina lottery headquarters.

Lottery officials say the 82 year old had never played the lottery until it came to North Carolina. She bought only two Powerball tickets this weekend as well as some instant scratch-off tickets. She won $25 and $75 playing the instant games, she told the lottery.

"I had stopped at the Circle K on Pine Valley to buy some miniature marshmallows for a fruit salad and decided to buy some lottery tickets," she told lottery officials. "I normally buy my lottery tickets at Johnson Drug Company because they are real nice to me."

Thomas said her money will go immediately into the bank. After that she plans to pay off her daughter's mortgage, she said to lottery officials.

Other N.C. Powerball Winners

Other winners in North Carolina include those people listed below:

Donald Henderson of Winston-Salem
$10,000 at Quality Mart #41 in Kernersville

Tonya McCoy of Raleigh
$10,000 at Jimmy's Food Mart in Willow Spring

Michael Lambert of Statesville
$10,000 at Dollar Mart #1 in Marion

Unknown
$10,000 at Heathers Market in Yanceyville

Unknown
$10,000 at Rose Mart #1 in Henderson

Unknown
$10,000 at Lowe's Food #180 in West Jefferson

Unknown
$10,000 at Quality Mart #39 in Winston-Salem

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Posted: August 11, 2006, 10:34 pm - IP Logged

Maybe that's why Mom always told you to eat plenty of fruit.Make mine with mini-marshmellows and big Winners!

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    Posted: August 11, 2006, 11:10 pm - IP Logged

    Congrats to her! My mom always makes fruit salad with marshmellows. =)

    Dance like no one is watching.

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      Posted: August 11, 2006, 11:54 pm - IP Logged

      Congrats to the winner.  I am trying to hit the 5+0 myself this saturday.  Come on numbers do not fail me now.-weshar75

      P.S. I like fruit salad without the marshmellows but I do like them in hot chocolate and sweet potatoes.-weshar75

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        Posted: August 12, 2006, 1:10 am - IP Logged

        "Thomas said her money will go immediately into the bank. After that she plans to pay off her daughter's mortgage, she said to lottery officials."

         

        Aw, what a nice Mom!!

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          Posted: August 12, 2006, 2:19 am - IP Logged

          Reminds me of the August 10, 2005 Powerball draw where the guy in New Mexico needed a gallon of milk so he stopped by the grocery store. He also got a quick pick which turned out to be the very lucky jackpot ticket.

          ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
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            Posted: August 12, 2006, 9:03 am - IP Logged

            The Powernall jackpot numbers were matched with a single winning ticket in Wisconsin that was bought at a store along the so called "Miracle Mile" since there have been many winners who bought their tickets 

             

            What a miracle for mrs. Thomas,better late than never!!

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              Posted: August 12, 2006, 10:32 am - IP Logged

              US FlagI'd say she is one lucky woman. Let give her a high five.....

              Congrats! Hope she enjoy's her winnings. I am
              going to win. One day soon. Like real soon!

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                Posted: August 12, 2006, 11:19 am - IP Logged

                We have a Lottery here in nj. Plus most other states. Why is NC so special? I rarely go on here and not see a new story about the NC Lottery.

                Prediction - for Sunday August 13th:

                "Winston-Salem man wins $10 on scratch-off, plans to use his winnings toward Lunch..."

                or

                "New NC Lottery terminal arrives at the Kwik-E-Mart in Raleigh..."

                In nj you'd have to win a quarter of a billion to get the same attention.

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                  Posted: August 12, 2006, 1:18 pm - IP Logged

                  I know what a marshmallow is, but I've never heard of marshmEllows...

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                    Posted: August 12, 2006, 3:26 pm - IP Logged

                    What a Delicious WIN!  Congrats Hyper

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                      Posted: August 12, 2006, 5:03 pm - IP Logged

                      I know what a marshmallow is, but I've never heard of marshmEllows...

                      Holy mackerel, if you're going to worry about that misspelling, you're going to have a field day correcting 75% of the posts on the forums!

                       

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                        Posted: August 12, 2006, 5:31 pm - IP Logged

                        I know what a marshmallow is, but I've never heard of marshmEllows...

                        Sure, it's when you stop at a store and win $400,000.  I'd just sip on some hot chocolate and get very, very mellow.

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                          Posted: August 13, 2006, 3:51 pm - IP Logged

                          We have a Lottery here in nj. Plus most other states. Why is NC so special? I rarely go on here and not see a new story about the NC Lottery.

                          Prediction - for Sunday August 13th:

                          "Winston-Salem man wins $10 on scratch-off, plans to use his winnings toward Lunch..."

                          or

                          "New NC Lottery terminal arrives at the Kwik-E-Mart in Raleigh..."

                          In nj you'd have to win a quarter of a billion to get the same attention.

                          North Carolina lottery is  very new, that's probably why it gets a lot of attention.  August 30th will make NC lottery 5 months old, and I'm loving it.Wink

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                            Posted: August 14, 2006, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

                            North Carolina lottery is  very new, that's probably why it gets a lot of attention.  August 30th will make NC lottery 5 months old, and I'm loving it.Wink

                            It's the same thing with any new state that gets the lottery. Tn had a powerball jackpot winner as well as Oklahoma.