Lottery officials: No jackpot winner, yet
RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County lottery winner has yet to come forward to claim the $188 million jackpot prize; lottery officials say, however, they have been contacted by a lawyer representing the person who claims to be the winner.
We spoke to Shallotte native Marie Holmes Thursday evening. She says she bought the winning ticket in the Powerball yesterday.
“I was screaming in the house telling my kids, ‘We made it,’ and they ran away talking about how I scared them. I don’t have to worry about depending on nobody, I can do it all by myself. I can go back to school and make an even better life for my kids,” Holmes said.
She told us she was going to Raleigh Friday to officially claim her ticket and get some much needed financial advice.
The winning ticket was sold at the Scotchman at 359 Whiteville Road in Shallotte, according to GPM Investments, LLC, which owns the store. The ticket is worth an estimated $188 million, according to the NC Education Lottery. The store gets a $50,000 retailer incentive award for selling a winning jackpot ticket.
“We won’t know who has the winning ticket until it is brought to lottery headquarters,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “We hope anyone who has the great luck to win a prize like this will seek sound professional advice before making a claim. A win like this is truly life-changing and we should expect the person who is going through this to take the time to make the best decisions they can. We look forward to meeting the winner.”
The winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize at NCEL headquarters in Raleigh. The win is the fourth time that a North Carolina ticket has claimed a Powerball jackpot.
The $188 million prize was one of three winning tickets sold of the more than $560 million jackpot. The other winning tickets were sold in Texas and Puerto Rico.