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N.C. woman claims $66M Powerball jackpot

Jul 5, 2004, 8:27 am

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A North Carolina woman turned in the winning $65.8 million Powerball ticket to South Carolina Lottery officials late Friday afternoon.

A release from the state lottery said the woman chose to remain anonymous and has decided to take the Powerball prize in a $34.2 million, taxable, one-time cash payout.

North Carolinians have bought all three of the winning Powerball tickets sold in South Carolina since the lottery started in January 2002. North Carolina has no state lottery.

In May 2003, a Charlotte couple claimed an $88.7 million Powerball jackpot, taking $48.8 million in a single payment. In January, a Concord, N.C., couple claimed half of a $221.5 million prize and took $60.1 million in cash.

State Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said the woman lives in the Raleigh area, but he had no further details about her age, marital status or occupation.

The woman is represented by a Raleigh lawyer, who did not respond to messages left Friday.

While the previous winners chose to be identified almost immediately after the drawing, the woman "at this point in time was hesitant to have any hoopla about it," Passailaigue said. "We try to honor people's wishes."

The release said the woman was a first-time Powerball player driving back from Atlanta when she stopped three times to buy tickets, probably June 25, Passailaigue said.

The winning numbers, 9-17-32-41-47-Powerball-8 were sold at the woman's first stop, a Spinx Sunoco Station off Interstate 85's Exit 11 in Townville in western South Carolina.

The store gets a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.


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United States
Member #2870
November 25, 2003
76 Posts
Posted: July 5, 2004, 10:28 am - IP Logged

The only way

    United States
    Member #1610
    June 3, 2003
    668 Posts
    Posted: July 5, 2004, 3:45 pm - IP Logged

    N.C. allows anonymity? Must be nice! I didn't know that. I sure wouldn't get that option where I live as they require release of name and general residency information.

    ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
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      Chief Bottle Washer
      New Jersey
      United States
      Member #1
      May 31, 2000
      25728 Posts
      Posted: July 5, 2004, 9:31 pm - IP Logged

      Actually, it's South Carolina that accepted the anonymous ticket redemption.  The winner lives in NC, but the lottery is based in SC.


      Check the State Lottery Report Card
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      Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
      Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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        United States
        Member #2484
        October 9, 2003
        212 Posts
        Posted: July 5, 2004, 9:44 pm - IP Logged

        "The release said the woman was a first-time Powerball player driving back from Atlanta when she stopped three times to buy tickets, probably June 25, Passailaigue said."

        I am a many time Powerball player so why can't I win??? Just drives you crazy hearing about people who never played before or hardly play at all winning. Grrrrrrrr!!!!!! I am happy for her though just wish it was me for a change.

          Southeast USA
          United States
          Member #3660
          February 9, 2004
          65 Posts
          Posted: July 6, 2004, 12:51 am - IP Logged

          I went to the SC website and read this very story. There is a lawyer who is handling the winner's affairs. The lawyer is from Raleigh, NC and there was a phone number where the public could call to find out more about the woman. I certainly respect the woman's wishes for  privacy and that is the first thing I would want when I won a jackpot...PRIVACY. However, what I did was got a map and traced her journey from Atlanta (down I 85, I think) and then just across the SC border to the right is a small town called Townville on (Highway 24) and that is where she bought her lucky ticket.  How amazing. I am not sure when she bought the ticket...on other websites I read where it was either on Friday or perhaps the day of the drawing. I also wondered since she was coming back from Atlanta was she just coming back from the Mega Fest with Bishop TD Jakes. That convention was going on all week long and there were people in Atlanta who were from all over the world. She may have just left the convention and all that "HOLY GHOST" worship probably rubbed off on her and caused her to win that jackpot. IF this is the case, this is truly a story worth telling, but of course, she chose to remain anonymous and give very little info about why she was in Atlanta. Anyway, I wish her well...but I just wish it was ME...lol

          ANd hey, did you know that SC is yet to have a South Carolinian to win the Powerball. All of the three winners have been from North Carolina. Now how to you explain that???

            charlotte nc
            United States
            Member #3249
            January 6, 2004
            27 Posts
            Posted: July 6, 2004, 11:01 am - IP Logged

            Maybe somebody can answer me this one-If you want to remain anonymous and have a lawyer collect for you-do you just give him the ticket ? or how does that work. I mean if you sign it-the lottery would know who you were-I've always wondered that.hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

              Southeast USA
              United States
              Member #3660
              February 9, 2004
              65 Posts
              Posted: July 8, 2004, 1:51 am - IP Logged

              I think you would have to sign the ticket since you own it, but you can have your lawyer CLAIM the ticket on your behalf. Whoever goes to the Claim Center and claims it, (Lawyer, etc) their names are the ones identified in the newspapers, unless they request anonymity. But, of course, lawyers do not mind being identified...It is business recognition for them, right?

                dphillips's avatar - littleuns
                Albuquerque, New Mexico
                United States
                Member #5128
                June 18, 2004
                377 Posts
                Posted: July 10, 2004, 5:38 am - IP Logged

                Although I don't reside in North Carolina anymore, Senator Jesse Helms, an arch conservative, along with some other legislators from the old school, are against a lottery in North Carolina. 

                Since I hear from my North Carolina friend on a weekly basis, he gives me the scoop.  Yes, there are the progressives who want North Carolina to move into the 21st century, and they want that liquid pot of gold, lottery revenue for their state.  However, some of the legislators seem to be wafling.  Nonetheless, my friend thinks the North Carolina legislators will dventually come to their senses.

                dphillips (Blue)