RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina lottery officials Tuesday evening revealed that a Cumberland County man was the winner of the $344.6 million Powerball ticket that was purchased in Hope Mills.
The winner, Charles W. Jackson Jr. was revealed at a news conference at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the North Carolina Education Lottery Headquarters in Raleigh.
Jackson, 66, has elected to take a lump sum payment, which amounts to $223 million, according to lottery officials.
The winning ticket was sold at Carlie C’s in Hope Mills.
Jackson said he picked his winner numbers partially from a fortune cookie at a Vietnamese restaurant.
Lottery officials said it’s the largest jackpot ever won in North Carolina involving a single ticket. It’s the fifth time a North Carolina ticket claimed a Powerball jackpot.