Weekend's winner still to come forward and collect $344.6 million US Powerball jackpot


The lucky ticket was sold at Carlie C's grocery store in Hope Mills, outside Fayetteville.

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There was one winning ticket for Saturday’s $344.6 million Powerball, sold at a North Carolina grocery store.

But the sole winner holding this ticket has yet to make an appearance. They have 180 days to claim their prize.

Lottery officials revealed on Sunday that the winning ticket was sold at at the grocery store, and that the winner may still be unaware that they've suddenly secured a nine-figure fortune.

With a cash option of $223.3 million, the winner can either receive the money as a lump sum, or in 30 smaller installments that would total $344.6 million.


The lucky ticket matched all six winning numbers exactly, with 6-15-34-45-52 and Powerball 8, according to the N.C. Education Lottery.

Carlie C's is eligible to receive a $50,000 retailer incentive award for selling the winning ticket, say the lottery.


N.C. Education Lottery Executive Director Mark Michalko.

“This is a life-changing event and we’re excited that someone in North Carolina won this jackpot,” said N.C. Education Lottery Executive Director Mark Michalko.

“Our advice to the winner is to sign that ticket to establish your ownership of it and then secure it in a safe place. Then, take your time and put together a plan with the help of financial and legal advisers for how you would like to claim your prize,” he said.

This was the second time the Powerball jackpot has been hit this year.

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The Powerball jackpot was previously won in Wisconsin in the March 27 drawing. A single winner claimed that jackpot worth $768.4 million – the third-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.