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.
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
$10,000 at Heathers Market in Yanceyville
$10,000 at Rose Mart #1 in Henderson
$10,000 at Lowe's Food #180 in West Jefferson
$10,000 at Quality Mart #39 in Winston-Salem