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NC education programs win $16.8 million from Powerball lottery

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RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Three lucky people in North Carolina are $1 million richer after winning part of the Powerball jackpot Wednesday night.

According to the North Carolina Education Lottery, the three tickets worth $1 million beat odds of 1 in 5.1 million to match all five white balls were from Burlington, Charlotte and Kinston.

Fourteen other tickets sold in the state matched the numbers on four of the five white balls plus the number on the Powerball and are worth $10,000 each.

NC Education Lottery officials said there were 269,916 winning tickets throughout the state, totaling $4.8 million in prizes for that drawing alone.

Sales from the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot tickets will boost education in the state. From those sales, an estimated $16.8 million will go to education programs in North Carolina.

According to the NC Education lottery, by law, lottery funds pay for teachers' salaries in grades K-3, school construction, need-based college scholarships and prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds.

To date, the NC Education Lottery has raised more than $2.58 billion for these initiatives statewide.

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