Local men win trip to Times Square, could score $1 million prize


CALABASH, NC (WWAY) — Two men from Southeastern NC have a chance to win $1 million during a special Powerball drawing on New Year’s Eve.

The N.C. Education Lottery sent Anthony Fortuna of Calabash and Peter McClain of Wilmington to New York City on Sunday.

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In all, 20 lottery players from NC won a free VIP trip for two in the lottery’s Powerball New Year’s Rockin’ Eve second-chance drawings in August and September.

During the three-night visit in New York, they’ll get to see the Radio City Rockettes and take a Hudson River holiday dinner cruise.

On New Year’s Eve, they’ll attend an exclusive gala at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, featuring live entertainment and have prime viewing of the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve party with Ryan Seacrest and the Times Square ball drop.

Just after the ball drops, for the first time, a special Powerball drawing will be held to make someone the first $1 million winner of 2020.

“We’ll be cheering on our players as we count down to 2020,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “We’d love to see someone from North Carolina become the first millionaire of the New Year.”

The winners attending the trip are:

  • William Moore of Advance
  • Johnny Green of Belmont
  • Anthony Fortuna of Calabash
  • Leon Baker of Cary
  • Louis Quartochi of Claremont
  • Ruth Nohemy Galindo Oliva of Durham
  • Gary Bartlett of Goldsboro
  • Stephen DiBacco of Concord
  • Juan Hernaez of Fayetteville
  • Janet Herring of Fayetteville
  • Carl Wiesner of Fuquay-Varina
  • Barbara Jean Turner of Hillsborough
  • Michael Martin of Linden
  • Patricia Hawkins of Marshall
  • Kristopher Loretz of Monroe
  • Rhonda Moyer of Raleigh
  • Peter McClain of Wilmington
  • Josue Acosta of Winston-Salem
  • Johnny Honaker of Clover, S.C.
  • Robert Dixon of Fort Mill, S.C.

Winner Peter McClain is not bringing home one million dollars, but he is having a great time.

He said he thought the email notifying him that he won definitely seemed like spam at first.

“I got a call and they said ‘you won this trip and didn’t respond to the email.’ Well I didn’t see an email, so I checked my junk email. So I went down and claimed the prize and here I am in New York City,” Peter McClain said.

McClain spent time living in New York City before moving to Wilmington. He said he was able to do something new that he wasn’t able to do while he lived there.

“The big ball coming down that was a lot of fun. We figured if we wanted to be here we wanted to be out on the street,” McClain said. “So they allowed us to be out on the street about 30 minutes before, watched the ball come down and go back to the party. So I can check that off my bucket list. It was great we had a lot of fun.”