The first player won the Powerball in North Carolina

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Rebecca Powell plans to use her prize for a new car and a new house.

North Carolina Education Lottery

Rebecca Powell recently decided to try her hand at the lottery – and the results did not reassure her.

A 48-year-old resident of Weaverville, North Carolina, bought a Powerball ticket she first told NC Education Lottery officials on Saturday, Jan. 7, according to a Jan. 11 press release.

“I thought I’d just give it a shot,” she said.

Later that day, Powell watched his ticket while the winning numbers were called.

“I was looking at the numbers and then I yelled at my husband,” she told officials. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, we won.'”

Powell’s $3 Power Play ticket won her $50,000, but then she also hit the 3x Power Play multiplier, bringing her prize to $150,000, officials said.

“I never thought I’d win something like this,” Powell said. “The lady in the shop said to me, ‘You’re really lucky for a newbie.'”

After taxes, Powell took home $106,876. She told officials she planned to buy a car and put the money toward a new home.

“It’s like a dream,” she said. “Except I couldn’t sleep.”

Weaverville is about 10 miles north of Asheville.

Moira Ritter covers McClatchy news in real time. She graduated from Georgetown University where she studied government, journalism and German. She previously reported for CNN Business.



The first player won the Powerball in North Carolina

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