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.
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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.