RALEIGH, N.C. A Kinston farmer and his son have come forward to claim their $1 million prize from the record Powerball jackpot.
The North Carolina Education Lottery said Thursday that Leslie Rouse decided to buy tickets because the jackpot reached $587.5 million. Christopher Rouse checked the numbers online, then called his father to tell him they'd won.
After taxes, the Rouses each received a check for $340,000.
Two more tickets worth $1 million were sold in Charlotte and Burlington after matching all five white balls but not the Powerball in the drawing.
The North Carolina Education Lottery reported that sales of Powerball tickets during the 16 drawings leading to the jackpot resulted in $44.3 million in sales. Of that, an estimated $16.8 million will go to state education programs.
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