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Charlotte couple wins $200,000 Powerball lottery prize

PowerballPowerball: Charlotte couple wins $200,000 Powerball lottery prize

Tonight's Powerball jackpot is worth $131 million

John Mark Isaacs and his girlfriend had been eyeing new cars for some time.

She would like a yellow, two-door Pontiac Solaris. Isaacs wants a Mini Cooper in black or blue.

"It was like a dream, 'I sure would like to have that,' " he said of the cars. "Now, I can."

On Saturday, Isaacs, 41, and his girlfriend won $200,000 when one of the dozen Powerball tickets the couple bought had five winning numbers.

Isaacs, a warehouse manager for a supply company, has lived in Charlotte since 1979.

He and his girlfriend, whose name he didn't want to publicize, play the lottery about once a week. They recently won $7 on a Powerball ticket, cashing it in for more tickets.

The couple had been out looking for houses Saturday when they decided to stop for more tickets. They made three stops on Sharon Amity, eventually buying 12 $1 tickets at an Xpress Mart.

Isaacs' girlfriend went to bed before checking the numbers. She awoke early Sunday morning to check the lottery Web site. She noticed that four numbers matched the white balls drawn the night before. Waking Isaacs, they then checked to see how much money they won.

That's when they noticed they actually had five winning numbers. "We were just ecstatic," Isaacs said.

The couple called family and close friends to tell them the news, then went back to the Xpress Mart to verify the numbers. The clerk told them they would have to go to the lottery center in Raleigh to claim their prize.

Isaacs took Monday off from work so he and his girlfriend could go to Raleigh. "My stomach was in a knot," Isaacs said. "We didn't want to stop and eat."

Later that night, they stopped by Bob Evans for dinner. Just a regular meal, he said. The big splurge will be the cars.

The ticket won them $136,000 after taxes, which they'll also use to pay off credit card bills, take a short vacation, then put the rest away for retirement.

Isaacs said they'll keep playing the lottery. On Tuesday, he bought three $1 tickets.

Does he hope for another win? "Yeah, definitely," he said. "It worked out the last time."

Charlotte Observer

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Posted: January 10, 2007, 3:32 pm - IP Logged

I've bought tickets there before...and got nothing...congrats to the winner!

The North Carolina Education Lottery - so much a joke that here are their mascots:

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    Coastal Georgia
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    Posted: January 10, 2007, 4:40 pm - IP Logged

    Shoulda chose PowerPlay !!!

    Woulda been $800,000 if they did !!!

    $200 K is no chump change, but they left a lot of ching on the table !

    DD

     

                                   

                  

     

     

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      Posted: January 10, 2007, 4:47 pm - IP Logged

      Shoulda chose PowerPlay !!!

      Woulda been $800,000 if they did !!!

      $200 K is no chump change, but they left a lot of ching on the table !

      DD

      that is why i always powerplay

      Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

        Ladyluck2005's avatar - underground
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        Posted: January 10, 2007, 6:00 pm - IP Logged

        Congrats to them.  Maybe I should head on over to that store.  Still have not won a single dime when I play in NC.

        Ladyluck2005

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          Posted: January 10, 2007, 6:06 pm - IP Logged

          Shoulda chose PowerPlay !!!

          Woulda been $800,000 if they did !!!

          $200 K is no chump change, but they left a lot of ching on the table !

          DD

                I Agree!

          If they're this excited about $136,000 imagine if they had $544,000 to play with! 

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            Posted: January 10, 2007, 6:07 pm - IP Logged

            I would like to be a $200,000 winner in Powerball tonight.  I could clean out my debt and get a new vehicle just like the winning couple.  That would be great!-weshar75

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              Posted: January 10, 2007, 7:35 pm - IP Logged

              Shoulda chose PowerPlay !!!

              Woulda been $800,000 if they did !!!

              $200 K is no chump change, but they left a lot of ching on the table !

              DD

              Absolutely right. If you play Powerball as I do in Colorado, I always buy PowerPlay. I'd be miserable if I won a prize and didn't spend another lousy dollar for PowerPlay.

              I've won some smaller prizes like$3, $4 and $7 but the PowerPlay at least made it a decent payout.

              I'd kick myself if I won $200K and didn't have it.

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                Coastal Georgia
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                Posted: January 10, 2007, 7:41 pm - IP Logged

                Absolutely right. If you play Powerball as I do in Colorado, I always buy PowerPlay. I'd be miserable if I won a prize and didn't spend another lousy dollar for PowerPlay.

                I've won some smaller prizes like$3, $4 and $7 but the PowerPlay at least made it a decent payout.

                I'd kick myself if I won $200K and didn't have it.

                I never, and I mean never buy a Powerball ticket without it.
                I too have multiplied small wins into good ones the same way.
                DD

                 

                                               

                              

                 

                 

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                  Posted: January 11, 2007, 11:16 am - IP Logged

                  Well I always play powerplay, I got me 30 numbers for the next 4 weeks continuos... lets see what happens If ya hear one in KY that is where I got mine LOOK OUT! LOL

                  Hopin To Be The Lucky Ones!!

                  COME ON MEGA! MEGA-ME-RICH!

                   

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                    Posted: January 12, 2007, 8:43 am - IP Logged

                    Well I always play powerplay, I got me 30 numbers for the next 4 weeks continuos... lets see what happens If ya hear one in KY that is where I got mine LOOK OUT! LOL

                    Go get em, girl !!

                    Good luck,

                    DD