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Cornelius man buys $1M Powerball ticket

A Cornelius man beat odds of nearly 1 in 11.7 million to win a $1 million Powerball prize.
A Cornelius man beat odds of nearly 1 in 11.7 million to win a $1 million Powerball prize. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

A Cornelius man buying a Powerball ticket to celebrate his daughter’s birthday now has another reason to celebrate – he bought a $1 million ticket.

Toolsie Ratiram and his daughter went to the Food Lion on North Main Street with his daughter, and each bought a $2 Quick Pick ticket for the Feb. 24 drawing, North Carolina lottery officials said Thursday.

Ratiram matched all five white balls to win the $1 million prize, beating odds of nearly 1 in 11.7 million. He learned on Tuesday he had won when he returned to the Food Lion to buy a bag of brown sugar.

His prize came to $692,500 after federal and state taxes were withheld, the lottery said.

The winning numbers for the white balls from that draw were 21, 31, 64, 65 and 67. The red Powerball was 5.

Ratiram intends to use the money for a family vacation and to help his daughter become a doctor.

Adam Bell: 704-358-5696, @abell

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