Update – Charles W. Jackson Jr. Claims the $350 Million Jackpot
66-year-old Charles W. Jackson Jr. from Raleigh is now the largest lottery winner in North Carolina’s history. He has come forward as the big winner of the $350 million Powerball jackpot of June 1st and he has an amazing story.
Two years ago, his 6-year-old stepdaughter gave him a fortune cookie with 5 numbers. Since then, he’s been playing those 5 numbers in the Powerball and the Mega Millions, making small changes only to the additional numbers. As it turns out, it was those very numbers that got Mr. Jackson the big jackpot.
Initially, he didn’t realize just how much money he won. He only checked some of the numbers and he called his wife to tell her the good news. “I said I think I won at least 50,000,” he told her. But then, he looked at all the numbers and realized he won the jackpot, so he called her back. “Look, I won the whole thing.”, he said and his wife asked how much the whole thing was and Mr. Jackson didn’t know. “Google it”, she said. That’s how they found out that they won $350 million.
Mr. Jackson chose the cash payment for the jackpot, worth $223 million and it left him with $158 million after the due taxes were paid out. If you’re wondering about his plans for the big jackpot, the North Carolina winner will be traveling with his family to Vietnam, where his wife is from.
He also has his heart set on three charities that he wants to make donations to – the Wounded Warrior Project, Shriners Hospital for Children and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Aside from that, Mr. Jackson wants to keep his life to stay normal. “I’m still going to wear jeans. Maybe newer ones.“, he said.
In the Powerball draw of June 1st, 2019, the highly-awaited $350 million jackpot has found its winner. This amazing prize was scooped by a single ticket purchased in North Carolina and it was the only one that had all 5 of the main numbers and the Powerball.
The winning numbers for the $350 million jackpot were 06-15-34-45-52 and the Powerball was 08. The North Carolina ticket was also the only ticket to match all 5 of the main numbers, which means that there were no second-prize winners in the draw of June 1st, 2019.
To visualize just how much money the North Carolina player has won on Saturday, imagine a stack of $100 bills the size of the Eiffel Tower. That’s what $350 million would look like according to the official site of the US Powerball.
However, there were more than 925.000 winners in Saturday’s draw, who scooped the rest of the prize categories in the game. The big question now is who the lucky North Carolina player is. Everybody is dying to find out who was lucky enough to be the only one to guess all five of the main numbers, as well as the Powerball to win the jackpot.
The cash value for this Powerball jackpot is $223 million, which the winner could receive in a single payment. The alternative is the annuity option, which would get the North Carolina winner the entire $350 million (minus taxes) but this would be paid in 30 installments over 29 years.
According to the laws in North Carolina, the Powerball winner will have to come forward publicly to collect the prize. This is not one of the states that permit lottery winners to remain anonymous, which means that we’ll be introducing you to the big jackpot winner soon enough!
Until then, there is a new Powerball jackpot win! The first prize was reset to the starting amount of $40 million after the draw of June 1st, but it only takes a couple of rollovers for it to reach another mouth-watering amount. So, put in your Powerball ticket today and you could be the next big winner!