North Carolina Woman Claims One-Third of $564 Million Powerball Jackpot

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lottery officials said Monday that a woman has come forward to present one of three winning tickets for a $564 million Powerball jackpot drawn earlier this month.

The N.C. Education Lottery scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. Monday to reveal the identity of the lucky bearer of one of the three winning tickets sold for the Feb. 11 drawing. She will get $127 million before taxes if a lump sum payment is chosen, or $188 split into annuity payments over the next 29 years.

Lottery officials said the winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in Shallotte, a coastal town just north of the South Carolina border. It is the fourth time that a North Carolina ticket has claimed a Powerball jackpot. In North Carolina, a winner has 180 days from the drawing to claim the prize.

The winning numbers were: 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball 19.

Another ticket-holder from the Feb. 11 drawing in Puerto Rico has elected to remain anonymous, while the owner of a winning ticket sold in Texas has not yet come forward. The Texas Lottery posted on Twitter that one of the winning tickets was sold at Appletree Food Mart in Princeton, a city about 40 miles north of Dallas.

It had been nearly a year since a Powerball prize reached the giant number people have come to expect recently. That was last February, when someone won $425.3 million.

The Feb. 11 jackpot was the third-largest in Powerball history and the fifth-largest U.S. lottery prize. The last time a Powerball jackpot climbed so high was May 2013, when a Florida ticket won a $590.5 million prize.

The largest payout in U.S. history was to three ticketholders in the Mega Millions game, the other national lottery drawing. That was a $656 million prize won in March 2012 by players in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.

In 2012, state officials who run Powerball and Mega Millions changed ticket prices and lowered the odds of winning jackpots in hopes the moves would increase the number of huge prizes and draw more players. The new rules worked, causing jackpots to repeatedly climb to record levels. More than half of the top 10 U.S. jackpots have been reached in the past couple of years.

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