Education programs in North Carolina are expected to reap nearly $17 million from ticket sales for the record Powerball jackpot.
The North Carolina Education Lottery reported Thursday that sales of Powerball tickets during the 16 drawings that led to the $587.5 million jackpot resulted in $44.3 million in sales for that game alone in North Carolina. From those sales, an estimated $16.8 million will go to state education programs.
In North Carolina, there were 269,916 winning tickets totaling $4.8 million in prizes.
Three tickets worth $1 million beat odds of 1 in 5.1 million to match all five white balls. The lucky tickets were purchased at lottery outlets in Burlington, Charlotte and Kinston. The winners have 180 days to come to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim their prize.