Whoever bought a Powerball ticket worth $1 million at a store in Jacksonville has until 5 p.m. on Aug. 2 to claim the prize. The ticket, sold at the WilcoHess at 6995 Western Boulevard, matched all five white balls in the Feb. 4 drawing.
The winning numbers for the drawing were: 15-23-43-45-56 and 7 for the Powerball. The odds of matching five out of five white balls are 1 in 5,153,633.
“A Powerball player who got a ticket at this store had amazing luck,” said N.C. Education Lottery executive director Alice Garland. “So our hope is to award this $1 million prize to the person who won it.”
To raise awareness of the expiring ticket, the lottery placed a countdown clock in the store’s window on Thursday afternoon. The clock will tick down to zero unless the $1 million winner arrives at lottery headquarters in Raleigh before 5 p.m. next Thursday.
Draw game tickets expire when they go unclaimed for 180 days after a drawing. By law, when that happens, half of the money goes toward prizes awarded to future winners. The other half would benefit education.
Since the lottery began through June 30, 2011, Onslow County education programs received more than $29.4 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 college scholarships and financial aid based on need.
To date, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $2.45 billion for these initiatives statewide.