**RALEIGH –**Kevin Halterman of Pfafftown tried his luck on a Powerball ticket and, thanks to some luck numbers, won a million-dollar prize.
“My dad passed away in March and he had some numbers that he used to play,” he said. “I dug them back up and I started playing them and those happened to be the numbers that hit.”
Halterman purchased his winning ticket at the Family Fare on Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem.
His $2 ticket matched the numbers on all five white balls in Saturday’s drawing to beat odds of 1 in 11.6 million.
“I just figure he helped me out a lot,” said Halterman. “I’m lucky.”
He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home $707,506 after required federal and state tax withholdings.
Saturday’s Powerball drawing produced a “night of millionaires” as a ticket in New Jersey won the $23 million jackpot, eight Power Play tickets won a $2 million prize, and 35 tickets, including Halterman’s, won a $1 million prize.
Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot stands at $20 million as an annuity or $15 million cash. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.
Players can buy Powerball tickets through Online Play on the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com, with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App, or at any lottery retail location.
Draw games such as Powerball make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 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.