A Fayetteville man won $150,000 in last Wednesday's Powerball drawing.

Someone in North Carolina could be waking up extremely happy Sunday morning, as the Powerball jackpot for Saturday night has climbed over $400 million.

It’s the 30th anniversary week of the multi-state Powerball, and five of the 393 jackpot wins in the 30 years have come from someone playing the North Carolina Education Lottery.

The big choice will be whether to take the $400 million annuity over 29 years, or just to take the lump sum payment of $240.8 million. Either way, it’s a LOT of money.

“What a great choice to have,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “We’ve had five Powerball jackpot winners in North Carolina and so far, each one has taken the cash. Here’s hoping someone in our state gets to make that choice again on Saturday night.”

To go along with the five jackpot wins in North Carolina, there have been 24 wins of $2 million, and 99 wins of $1 million. Officials said that Powerball sales have raised more than $1.1 billion for education in North Carolina.

The last Powerball winner was on Valentine’s Day in Connecticut, where someone won $185.3 million. It’s been climbing every week, with no winners of the top prize in any of the three weekly drawings since. The odds of winning are 1 in 292 million to win on the $2 ticket.

North Carolinians can buy Powerball tickets at any lottery retail location in the state. Tickets can also be purchased through Online Play on the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com, and with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.

Ticket sales from draw games such as Powerball help make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.


Several North Carolina Cities Among Worst in Country For Money Management

  • No. 96 - Cary

    96th percentile, median credit score of 763

  • No. 288 - Morrisville

    89th percentile, median credit score of 744

  • No. 299 - Apex

    88th percentile, median credit score of 760

  • No. 329 - Chapel Hill

    Chapel Hill

    Chapel Hill

    87th percentile, median credit score of 758

  • No. 352 - Cornelius

    86th percentile, median credit score of 751

  • No. 390 - Holly Springs

    85th percentile, median credit score of 755

  • No. 416 - Waxhaw

    84th percentile, median credit score of 753

  • No. 732 - Hendersonville

    72nd percentile, median credit score of 733

  • No. 762 - Matthews

    70th percentile, median credit score of 742

  • No. 792 - Huntersville

    69th percentile, median credit score of 741

  • No. 811 - Clemmons

    68th percentile, median credit score of 758

  • No. 850 - Taylorsville

    67th percentile, median credit score of 693

  • No. 897 - Hillsborough

    65th percentile, median credit score of 749

  • No. 931 - Fuquay-Varina

    Fuquay-Varina

    Fuquay-Varina

    64th percentile, median credit score of 736

  • No. 937 - Albermarle

    64th percentile, median credit score of 671

  • No. 938 - Belmont

    64th percentile, median credit score of 722

  • No. 1068 - Indian Trail

    58th percentile, median credit score of 719

  • No. 1092 - Raleigh

    58th percentile, median credit score of 717

  • No. 1103 - Mount Airy

    57th percentile, median credit score of 673

  • No. 1116 - Wake Forest

    57th percentile, median credit score of 744

  • No. 1129 - Kannapolis

    56th percentile, median credit score of 662

  • No. 1133 - Lenoir

    56th percentile, median credit score of 662

  • No. 1164 - Newton

    55th percentile, median credit score of 678

  • No. 1205 - Morganton

    53rd percentile, median credit score of 674

  • No. 1208 - Hickory

    Hickory

    Hickory, NC

    53rd percentile, median credit score of 695

  • No. 1236 - Marion

    52nd percentile, median credit score of 663

  • No. 1244 - Kernersville

    52nd percentile, median credit score of 716

  • No. 1290 - Eden

    50th percentile, median credit score of 654

  • No. 1304 - Waynesville

    49th percentile, median credit score of 700

  • No. 1320 - Asheville

    49th percentile, median credit score of 722

  • No. 1338 - Durham

    48th percentile, median credit score of 705

  • No. 1366 - Leland

    47th percentile, median credit score of 728

  • No. 1368 - Oxford

    47th percentile, median credit score of 668

  • No. 1389 - Concord

    46th percentile, median credit score of 690

  • No. 1412 - Mocksville

    45th percentile, median credit score of 700

  • No. 1460 - Knightdale

    43rd percentile, median credit score of 682

  • No. 1473 - Conover

    43rd percentile, median credit score of 684

  • No. 1503 - Salisbury

    42nd percentile, median credit score of 671

  • No. 1506 - Wilmington

    Wilmington

    Wilmington, NC

    41st percentile, median credit score of 705

  • No. 1557 - Mooresville

    39th percentile, median credit score of 728

  • No. 1587 - Burlington

    38th percentile, median credit score of 673

  • No. 1596 - Wilson

    38th percentile, median credit score of 659

  • No. 1610 - Shelby

    37th percentile, median credit score of 659

  • No. 1627 - Winston-Salem

    37th percentile, median credit score of 675

  • No. 1632 - Charlotte

    37th percentile, median credit score of 678

  • No. 1637 - Asheboro

    36th percentile, median credit score of 675

  • No. 1658 - Winterville

    36th percentile, median credit score of 697

  • No. 1662 - Franklin

    35th percentile, median credit score of 715

  • No. 1672 - Gastonia

    35th percentile, median credit score of 660

  • No. 1682 - Graham

    35th percentile, median credit score of 681

  • No. 1686 - High Point

    34th percentile, median credit score of 674

  • No. 1696 - Lincolnton

    34th percentile, median credit score of 675

  • No. 1728 - Mebane

    33rd percentile, median credit score of 702

  • No. 1749 - Garner

    32nd percentile, median credit score of 693

  • No. 1763 - Thomasville

    31st percentile, median credit score of 667

  • No. 1765 - Greensboro

    Greensboro

    Greensboro, NC

    31st percentile, median credit score of 675

  • No. 1793 - Boone

    30th percentile, median credit score of 719

  • No. 1840 - Greenville

    28th percentile, median credit score of 661

  • No. 1881 - Statesville

    27th percentile, median credit score of 675

  • No. 1908 - Rockingham

    26th percentile, median credit score of 636

  • No. 1915 - Sanford

    26th percentile, median credit score of 676

  • No. 2004 - Kings Mountain

    22nd percentile, median credit score of 664

  • No. 2025 - Kinston

    21st percentile, median credit score of 633

  • No 2028 - New Bern

    21st percentile, median credit score of 700

  • No. 2038 - Rocky Mount

    21st percentile, median credit score of 656

  • No. 2057 - Washington

    20th percentile, median credit score of 674

  • No. 2096 - Monroe

    Monroe, NC

    Monroe, NC

    19th percentile, median credit score of 677

  • No. 2121 - Reidsville

    18th percentile, median credit score of 671

  • No. 2208 - Clinton

    14th percentile, median credit score of 650

  • No. 2257 - Lumberton

    12th percentile, median credit score of 638

  • No. 2291 - Clayton

    11th percentile, median credit score of 707

  • No. 2294 - Laurinburg

    11th percentile, median credit score of 635

  • No. 2299 - Roxboro

    11th percentile, median credit score of 666

  • No. 2307 - Lexington

    10th percentile, median credit score of 684

  • No. 2355 - Elizabeth City

    8th percentile, median credit score of 664

  • No. 2374 - Roanoke Rapids

    8th percentile, median credit score of 646

  • No. 2385 - Goldsboro

    7th percentile, median credit score of 659

  • No. 2419 - Henderson

    6th percentile, median credit score of 643

  • No. 2439 - Dunn

    5th percentile, median credit score of 658

  • No. 2503 - Fayetteville

    3rd percentile, median credit score of 662

  • No. 2546 - Hope Mills

    1st percentile, median credit score of 675

  • No. 2549 - Jacksonville

    1st percentile, median credit score of 668

  • No. 2571 - Raeford

    1st percentile, median credit score of 665

  • National No. 1 - Scarsdale, NY

    Scarsdale, NY

    Scarsdale, New York

    99th percentile, median credit score of 768

  • National No. 2 - Cupertino, Ca.

    99th percentile, median credit score of 776

  • National No. 3 - Los Altos, Ca.

    99th percentile, median credit score of 785

  • National No. 4 - Bronxville, NY

    99th percentile, median credit score of 765

  • National No. 5 - Saratoga, Ca.

    99th percentile, median credit score of 765

  • National No. 6 - Princeton, NJ

    Princeton, New Jersey

    Princeton, New Jersey

    99th percentile, median credit score of 765

  • National No. 7 - Mountain View, Ca.

    99th percentile, median credit score of 766

  • National No. 8 - Palo Alto, Ca.

    99th percentile, median credit score of 768

  • National No. 9 - Sunnyvale, Ca.

    99th percentile, median credit score of 762

  • National No. 10 - Lexington, Mass.

    99th percentile, median credit score of 782

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.