Tar Heels flock to stores to buy Powerball tickets

Tar Heels flock to stores to buy Powerball tickets

Tar Heels flock to stores to buy Powerball tickets

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The historic Powerball jackpot has North Carolina players thinking about the ultimate Christmas present. 

Wednesday's drawing is offering at least $500 million, and officials with the North Carolina Education Lottery say the money has been a boon to ticket sales. 

Lottery spokesman Van Denton said Tuesday that sales for the current jackpot have reached $28.1 million since the last winner on Oct. 6. Denton said sales for the three days prior to last Saturday's drawing reached $5.2 million, which is the highest three-day take during the period.  

The state sold $17.6 million in tickets on March 30, when the Mega Millions jackpot hit $656 million. 

A single Powerball winner choosing the cash option would get more than $327 million before taxes.
 

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