CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If Powerball has made you a millionaire, you’re in an elite club here in North Carolina.
Since North Carolina established a lottery in 2006, only 64 tickets have been sold matching all five white balls (the most recent one was a $1 million winner claimed August 1st; it was sold at a Circle K on Albemarle Road in Charlotte). Winning Powerball’s grand prize means matching all five white balls and the red Powerball, a feat that’s only been accomplished three times in North Carolina (The odds: 1 in 175,223,510). You’re 34 times more likely to win $1 million by matching all five white balls without the Powerball. Even then, your odds are still long: 1 in 5,153,633.
Below is a map showing where all of North Carolina’s million-dollar winning tickets have been sold. Yellow icons are Power Play winners, meaning those people paid an extra dollar when they bought the ticket, and doubled their prize from $1 million to $2 million. Green icons show where grand prize tickets were sold:
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Below is a chart showing each county where two or more million-dollar Powerball tickets have been sold:
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That chart just includes winning tickets, not the total number of winners. For example, a group of 20 people split a million-dollar prize last year in Greensboro, and five people from Gaston County divvied up $1 million from a ticket sold in Cherryville in 2009.
Food Lion has sold more million-dollar tickets than any other store, with five different winners coming from five different locations. Last year was the best year for big winners; 17 million-dollar tickets were sold in North Carolina in 2012. But keep this in mind before you run to any one of these locations to try your luck: no store in North Carolina has ever sold more than one million-dollar ticket.