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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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6 Comments on "Whiteville farmer wins million dollars on lottery ticket"

2015 years 10 months ago

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

2015 years 10 months ago

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

2015 years 10 months ago

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

2015 years 10 months ago

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;;;;;;;;;;;

2015 years 10 months ago

Congrats….happened to a nice person.

2015 years 10 months ago

Many congrats! Enjoy!


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