North Carolina $1 million lottery ticket sold at this grocery store

Beth Torres

The North Carolina Lottery had bad news and good news for the recent purchaser of a Powerball ticket. The bad news: They didn’t win the jackpot. The good news: They did win the second prize, a cool $1 million.

If you have to get bad news, that is the way to do it!

The North Carolina Lottery Powerball drawing for Wednesday, February 1, 2023, didn’t yield any jackpot winners. But one ticket sold matched five of the white ball numbers without matching the red “Powerball” number. This ticket became a second prize winner, with a prize of $1 million. 

What were the winning numbers?

The winning numbers for the February 1, 2023 Powerball drawing are shown in this video:

Where was the winning ticket sold?

The winning Powerball ticket was sold at a North Carolina Food Lion grocery store. The location is shown on the map below.

Will the winner be able to remain anonymous if they prefer?

Not according to the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) terms of service:

“The NCEL may use, without limitation, your name, city, state of residence, image, likeness, and/or voice in any promotions, research, marketing, publications, or other advertising media including, but not limited to, NCEL Website without compensation or additional release.”

By refusing to honor their customers’ wishes, the North Carolina Lottery joins the ranks of many other states with similarly unfortunate policies regarding lottery prizes. For example, I recently wrote about another state with similar policies:

Someone in New York is $20 million richer thanks to a $2 lottery ticket

Is gambling legal in North Carolina?

Not according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety:

“North Carolina law states that it is illegal for any person or organization to operate a game of chance or to play or bet on any game of chance that involves winning money, property or anything of value. Violators shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. GS 14-292.”

Evidently, Powerball and the many other “official” games of chance are exempt. We are not picking on North Carolina, as this contradiction exists in other states as well. 

Are you okay with gambling as long as it is “approved”?

How do you feel about the lottery, meaning the “official,” state-run lotteries? Some see a double standard: Gambling is forbidden unless the state does it. Leave a comment if you have any opinions on this.

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