Thursday March 13 2014 – A sentimental Charlotte man has scooped a $2 million Powerball prize after using a combination of family birthdays to pick his lucky numbers. John Ames, of North Carolina, has played the same sequence of numbers for years and his persistence finally paid off earlier this month.
The ticket, which was purchased at the Circle K on Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte, North Carolina, matched all five main balls in the Powerball draw on March 1, leading to a $1 million win. However, as Ames had wisely opted to include the additional Power Play, his win doubled to $2 million. Once state and federal taxes were deducted, the fortunate family man received a check earlier this week for $1,384,000.
Speaking about his win to lottery officials, Ames said; â€œI found out I had won on Sunday morning while reading the Charlotte Observer. I wasnâ€™t wearing my glasses, so the numbers looked fuzzy but awfully familiar. I ran upstairs to get my glasses and to tell my wife. We couldnâ€™t believe it.â€
Although Ames narrowly missed out on winning the jackpot, one lucky player from California managed to outdo him and match all five main numbers plus the Powerball number to win the top prize worth $60 million.Â As the Powerball jackpot has not been won since this draw, it now stands at an estimated $70 million for Saturdayâ€™s drawing.
Ames is the first North Carolina resident so far this year to match all five main numbers in the Powerball. The last time someone from North Carolina managed this feat was in December last year when James Mullins beat the odds to win big with a Quick Pick Powerball ticket. However, Mullins did not opt to include the PowerPlay feature so won the set $1 million prize, which came out as $692,000 after taxes.
Whether you choose your lucky numbers thoughtfully, or let a random number generator do it for you, we wish all players the best of luck for the next Powerball drawing.