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RALEIGH, NC (News Release) – Russell Menser, a farmer from Whiteville, can count himself among the luckiest people in Columbus County after the Powerball ticket he purchased for the Feb. 26 drawing wound up being worth $1 million. The Powerball ticket was offered to him after a previous customer decided they didn’t want to purchase it. Although Menser had not planned on making a lottery purchase that day, he agreed to buy the ticket. The $2 Powerplay ticket matched all five white balls but not the Power Ball and automatically won the $1 million prize. Menser did not know just how much he’d won until he arrived at NCEL headquarters in Raleigh.

“I thought I had won two or three thousand,” Menser said. “It still hasn’t hit me yet.” Menser said he may use his winnings, worth $680,000 after taxes, to purchase a home. The winning ticket was purchased at the Time Saver Food Store on James B. White Highway in Whiteville.

The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s drawing is $25 million if taken as an annuity or $12.5 million as a lump sum. North Carolina Powerball players won $146,602 in the Wednesday, March 2 Powerball drawing including 24,245 winners of $3 to $20,000.

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  • guesty

    Uncle Russell, remember me? I would like to know how long before he starts receiving those phone calls.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    He obviously forgets the many happy hours we spent riding on his Massey Ferguson, harvesting the …um….yams….?

  • Guest

    I think it’s wonderful that a hard working farmer won this money!! Good for you Mr. Menser.

  • Guest SWEET GA BROWN

    Hello Russell Menser What never you do please be careful you will have alots of friends and girlfriends coming your way IM HAPPY FOR YOU GOD BLESS YOU;;;;;;;;;;;

  • blossom958

    Congrats….happened to a nice person.

  • Guest

    Many congrats! Enjoy!

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