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North Carolina man strikes big after playing same lottery numbers for 5 years

North Carolina man strikes big after playing same lottery numbers for 5 years

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

An N. C. man has finally won $1,000,000 Powerball prize after employing the same game strategy and playing the same Powerball numbers for five years in a row.

The lottery winner has matched all the white balls of 8, 12, 13, 19, and 27, that granted him $1 million lottery prize. With eight tickets from North Carolina hitting a significant prize in that particular drawing, he was the only $1 million lottery, winner. The other winners have successfully matched only four white balls and the Powerball that allowed them to win $50,000 prizes.

A Winston-Salem resident, Benjamin Sinclair arrived at lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim his prize on Thursday afternoon.

"I've been playing the same numbers for five years," Sinclair admitted, also explaining that the numbers have special meaning to him.

As Sinclair has purchased a $2 lottery ticket for the Powerball drawing on Oct. 27 from the Sheetz store located at Fairlawn Drive in Winston-Salem, his good luck began.

He clarified that he would only play when the lottery jackpot exceeds a certain level. "I knew it was a long shot, but I still used the same numbers," he added.

When Sinclair has carefully looked at his ticket the next evening, he has re-examined the winning numbers several times. It felt great to win.

$705,011 was the money he eventually brought home after the state and federal tax withholdings.

The jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball drawing is $107 million or $61.1 million cash.

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