A pair of Powerball players in North Carolina collected $2 million prizes in Wednesday’s drawing, taking the largest of 19 big wins in the state, lottery officials said Thursday.
The $2 million tickets were sold at the Harris Teeter on Fayetteville Road in Wake County and at the Food Mart Express in Spring Lake in Cumberland County. Three other tickets brought $100,000 and 14 more brought $50,000 in winnings.
Sales on Wednesday helped set a new single-day record for ticket sales in the state: $27.8 million, including $20.9 million from Powerball. The lottery will exceed its goal of raising $529 million for education this year, officials said.
Three tickets purchased in other states took the Powerball jackpot of $1.58 billion as an annuity or $983 million cash. Those were sold in California, Tennessee and Florida. The jackpot resets now to $40 million as an annuity or $24.8 million for Saturday night.