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Lottery ticket worth $1M purchased in tornado-ravaged N.C. neighborhood

Apr 29, 2011, 11:27 am

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Someone purchased a Powerball ticket worth $1 million from a convenience store on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a part of the city wracked by a tornado.

The drawing was Wednesday night, and the winner had not come forward late Thursday, said spokesman Van Denton of the N.C. Education Lottery. The ticket was purchased at the Express Mart-New Bern Station near Tarboro Street.

The winning numbers are 4-24-40-44-55. If the ticket had the Powerball number — 5 — the Express Mart customer would have won $20 million, Denton said.

Powerball tickets are sold in 42 states, with proceeds retained by participating state lotteries. The odds that a $2 Powerball ticket will win $1 million are less than 1 in 5.1 million.

Denton said the person with the winning ticket must come to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to collect the check. The holder of the winning ticket has 180 days to claim the cash prize, Denton said.

"We are looking forward to meeting the lucky winner," he said.

Amar Karki, a clerk at the Express Mart, said the sale of a winning ticket in East Raleigh "is a good thing," because so many residents who live in the area have been affected by the tornado that slashed through Raleigh on April 16. The trunks of trees that fell during the storm still line curbs, and blue tarps cover the damaged roofs of homes.

The Express Mart could also be a winner. The store is eligible for a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Karki said lottery sales make up the bulk of the store's profits.

"On Fridays and Saturdays, the store makes about $2,000," he said. "In a month, about $45,000."

The slow economy hasn't hurt lottery ticket sales, state officials say.

This week, the lottery transferred $119.1 million to the state's education lottery fund, drawn from revenues for the first three months of the year.

The sum easily eclipsed the $112 million during the same period last year and was the second highest three-month transfer in the lottery's history, lottery spokesman Ryan Kennemur said. In January, the lottery transferred $124.3 million into the state's education fund.

Lottery proceeds represent about 5.6 percent of the state's $7.8 billion education budget.

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Posted: April 29, 2011, 12:42 pm - IP Logged

I hope they claim it before it expires.

    cbr$'s avatar - maren
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    Posted: April 29, 2011, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

    Todd it would really be nice to hear that person could actually found the ticket now after tornado/ really they need to be the type of person that like to keep them in your  wallet/purse  not the type to place them on table with your car key. congrat to them/true give a new, once they get over the two shock.they come if the tornada ravaged North Carolina the why it is in Cordova they might have a problem. I wish them the very best.

      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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      Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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      Posted: April 29, 2011, 11:32 pm - IP Logged

      I hope the person who bought the winning ticket is OK, still has the ticket and is able to collect.


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                  --Edmund Burke

       

       

        dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
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        Posted: April 30, 2011, 5:41 am - IP Logged

        I hope the person who bought the winning ticket is OK, still has the ticket and is able to collect.

        I Agree! ........

          sully16's avatar - sharan
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          Posted: April 30, 2011, 9:47 am - IP Logged

          I hope the person who bought the winning ticket is OK, still has the ticket and is able to collect.

          I agree,

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            RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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            Posted: April 30, 2011, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

            I hope the person who bought the winning ticket is OK, still has the ticket and is able to collect.

            Many of those who were lucky and survived lost every thing they owned.  I hope if the winner survived and knows he/she is the winner and lost their ticket can still collect their winnings.

             * you don't need to buy every combination, just the winning ones * 

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              dpoly1's avatar - driver
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              Posted: April 30, 2011, 1:11 pm - IP Logged

              This could get interesting !

               

              Crazy

                dphillips's avatar - littleuns
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                Posted: April 30, 2011, 5:42 pm - IP Logged

                What a refreshing and heartwarming story in the midst of all these natural disasters. I am sure she is going to hook her dad up. Now, fathers, take heed!

                See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

                  dphillips's avatar - littleuns
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                  Posted: April 30, 2011, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

                  Post readers, posting error  Actually, the above post is for the father who gave his lottery ticket away.  My bad!

                  See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

                    rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                    Posted: May 1, 2011, 12:01 am - IP Logged

                    Post readers, posting error  Actually, the above post is for the father who gave his lottery ticket away.  My bad!

                    You're drivin' me to drink dphillips.

                    And I'd like to thank you for that.


                                                                 
                                         
                                                             

                     

                     

                     

                     

                                                                                                                       

                    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                                --Edmund Burke

                     

                     

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                      Posted: May 1, 2011, 9:08 am - IP Logged

                      Being that I live near the tornado area - and in fact, the tornado was heading for my town (I was heading for the closet)before it turned and went into the city of Raleigh -- I'm glad that somebody there won!

                      We still have insulation (pink & yellow) in our neighborhood, not to mention some roofing, wallboard, carpet tacking and more - all blown in from another other town that got hit. I'm thankful it happened on a Saturday, otherwise a huge amount of people would have died.

                      I feel horribly for the latest victims of the tornadoes. Many prayers out to them!

                      "Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss

                        GamerMom's avatar - tails

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                        Posted: May 1, 2011, 4:42 pm - IP Logged

                        You're drivin' me to drink dphillips.

                        And I'd like to thank you for that.

                        LOL

                          dpoly1's avatar - driver
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                          Posted: May 2, 2011, 10:45 am - IP Logged

                          I hope that the ticket helps a victim or victims of this tornado!

                          The Greensburg PA tornado was just a few miles north of us. Too close for comfort. I am hoping that the severe storms diminish.

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