Powerball Player Cries “Tears of Joy” after $1 Million WinWednesday September 28th 2016
A parking lot attendant from Wilmington, North Carolina, was left “crying tears of joy” after he discovered that he was the winner of a $1 million Powerball prize. Terry Wallington was so shocked by the news that he had to check his ticket multiple times before contacting his family to tell them that he was a millionaire.
Wallington, who had purchased a Quick Pick ticket from a Market Street BP gas station, successfully matched five of the six main numbers from the drawing, only missing out on the Powerball. The lucky Wilmington resident was at work when he found out his ticket was a winner and immediately contacted his brother and sister to tell them about the good news.
As he collected his winnings from the North Carolina Lottery headquarters, Wallington, who beat odds of 1 in 11,688,053 to win the seven-figure prize, told a press conference: “I’ve never seen anything like that,” he said, referring to the oversized check that all big Powerball winners receive. Wallington, who stands to receive $692,500 after federal and state taxes, plans to use his newfound wealth to help his family and donate to a good cause. If pushed, the North Carolinian said that he might think about trading in his 1998 Ford Crown Victoria for a second-hand Cadillac. “I’m not into trips and I am not into splurging,” he said. “I really don’t need anything. I’m content.”
Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is set to be worth an estimated $60 million, so if you would like to join the growing list of winners, simply purchase your tickets from any authorized lottery retailer in any of the 47 participating states and jurisdictions. Good luck!