November 29, 2006
North Carolina's First Powerball Winner Comes Forward!
RALEIGH- Jackie Alston of Halifax County said she quit her job as a correctional officer the very next day after realizing she had matched all six numbers on the Nov. 29 drawing. Since that day she has been planning and gathering a team of advisors to help her figure out what she will do with her windfall.
“I’m not sure what I am going do yet,” she said with a smile. “That’s why I have all these advisors to help me decide.”
Today at North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) headquarters Alston told a roomful of media and NCEL staff that she spent just $2 on Powerball tickets that night. She says she still cannot believe she won.
“I just started playing the lottery in this past year and I would only spend maybe $1 or $2 at a time.” She added, “That night I just stopped at the convenience store on my way home from work.”
That convenience store is Shell Travel World off I-95 at Exit 168 in Halifax. Alston says she has always played the same numbers that correspond with ages of children in her extended family. The winning numbers were 2, 8, 9, 12, 19 and the Powerball was 25. The Halifax County native said she hopes to continue living in the area because she is surrounded by a lot of close friends and family who are looking out for her.
“I’ve lived there all my life and the people in Halifax are good people.”
Alston elected to take the lump sum in cash, which is $36,071,688.70. She left the NCEL in a limousine with her family, friends and advisors to a destination unknown.