A lucky lottery ticket sold in Catawba County won $1 million in Saturday’s Powerball drawing. The ticket, which beat odds of 1 in 5.1 million to match all five white balls drawn, was sold at Kangaroo Express #3026 on N.C. 10 West in Newton. The numbers for the white balls were 12-17-45-54-58.
As the identity of the $1 million Powerball winner remains a mystery, interest in the lottery’s other multistate jackpot game – Mega Millions – is growing. The annuity value for Tuesday’s jackpot is estimated at $160 million, or a one-time lump sum payment of $109.4 million. The drawing will be held at approximately 10:59 p.m. Since the game came to the Tar Heel State in 2010, North Carolina players have twice beat the odds of 1 in 175 million to win the jackpot.
To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.