RALEIGH – The second $1 million winner from North Carolina in Wednesday’s historic Powerball drawing has claimed his prize money. Clyde Tillman purchased his winning ticket at the Circle K on Selwyn Avenue in Charlotte. He collected his winnings, worth $680,001 after taxes, at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Friday afternoon.
The first $1 million prize was awarded on Thursday to Leslie Rouse and his adult son Christopher Rouse. Leslie, who lives in Kinston, and Christopher, who lives in Winterville, purchased their winning ticket at the Kangaroo Express on U.S. 258 in Kinston. A third $1 million prize, won by a ticket sold the Super Kmart Express on Huffman Mill Road in Burlington, has yet to be claimed.
Two $10,000-winning Powerball tickets sold in Charlotte for Wednesday’s drawing have yet to be claimed. The tickets were sold at Uptown Sundries on North Tryon Street and the Circle K on Arbors Drive. Winning ticketholders have 180 days from the date of a drawing to collect their prizes.
During the 16 Powerball drawings held as the jackpot rose from $40 million to $587.5 million, more than 625,000 tickets in North Carolina won prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million, totaling $7.4 million in overall prizes. Those sales also boosted the local economy as lottery retailers recorded $3.1 million in lottery commissions. Sales of Powerball tickets during the record jackpot run resulted in $44.3 million in sales for that game alone in North Carolina. From those sales, an estimated $16.8 million will go to education programs in North Carolina.
Ticket sales for games such as Powerball have enabled the lottery to raise more than $2.58 billion for education initiatives statewide. Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Mecklenburg County education programs received more than $210.9 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid.