A Fayetteville dad said he’s taking his daughter to Disney World after he won $100,000 in Wednesday night’s Powerball lottery drawing.
Steven Coleman said he gets weekly tickets at the Circle V Mart on South McPherson Church Road in Fayetteville. When he checked the Powerball ticket, it gave him a message about going to North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters.
“My daughter and I were heading out of the store when I stopped and thought, ‘wait a minute,'” recalled Coleman, who works as a finance director. He immediately signed the ticket and headed home after double checking that the ticket was a big winner.
Coleman matched four white ball numbers and the red Powerball number to win $50,000 on his $3 ticket. The Power Play feature on the prize gave him twice as much for his winnings. His odds of winning were 1-in-913,129.
“This is a blessing,” Coleman said. “I started to hold on to the ticket for a few months before claiming it.”
He instead went to the office Monday to claim his prize, which will be $71,017 after federal and state withholdings.
Coleman said he plans to take his daughter to Disney World with his Powerball winnings.
“She’s very excited to go,” Coleman said about his daughter. “We’ll probably go this summer.”
Monday night’s Powerball drawing has a $124 million jackpot, or $81.9 million in cash. The odds of winning that prize are 1 in 292 million.
Powerball is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets either at a retail store and through Online Play on the lottery’s website, or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. The other games are Mega Millions, Lucky For Life, and Carolina Cash 5.
Ticket sales from draw games like Powerball make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $22.7 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Cumberland County in 2021, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.