RALEIGH – The North Carolina Powerball winner of $1 million in Saturday’s drawing has come forward to claim the prize. Janis Greco of Mooresville collected her winnings Monday afternoon at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.
Greco purchased her winning ticket, worth $680,000 after taxes, at the Food Lion on Williamson Road in Mooresville. She did not share immediate plans for her winnings.
Greco’s ticket was one of 13 nationwide to match all five white balls, but not the Powerball, in Saturday’s drawing. The odds of doing so are 1 in 5.1 million.
Four tickets sold in North Carolina for Saturday’s drawing beat odds of 1 in 648,976 when they matched four white balls and the Powerball. One of the tickets was a $3 Power Play ticket worth $40,000. It was sold at the Scotchman on Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington. The other three tickets, worth $10,000 each, were sold at the Murphy USA on New Pointe Boulevard in Leland, the JB Express on Randleman Road in Greensboro and at the Market Express on Weddington-Monroe Road in Matthews.
Ticket sales for games such as Powerball have enabled the lottery to raise more than $2.6 billion for education initiatives statewide. Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Iredell County education programs received more than $36.4 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 need-based college scholarships and financial aid.