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Charlotte-area man wins $1 million Powerball prize

A customer at the Highland Creek BP in Charlotte purchases a ticket for a Powerball drawing in January 2016.
A customer at the Highland Creek BP in Charlotte purchases a ticket for a Powerball drawing in January 2016. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

A Charlotte area man beat the odds of 1 in 11.7 million to win a $1 million prize in the Aug. 19 Powerball drawing.

Paul Butlak of Mount Holly claimed his prize at N.C. lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Tuesday. After state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $695,010, lottery officials said.

Butlak bought the $2 ticket at the Sam’s Mart on N.C. 74 East in Indian Trail.

The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing has reached $115 million, with an estimated lump sum of $74.1 million.

A Mooresville woman, meanwhile, matched all five numbers to snare a $418,090 Cash 5 jackpot. Judith Worster, a longtime lottery player, beat odds of 1 in 749,398.

Worster bought the winning ticket for Saturday’s drawing at the Harris Teeter on Argus Lane, off N.C. 150 West in Mooresville. After state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $290,570.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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