North Carolina woman wins $2 million after buying lottery ticket for wrong drawing

Elizabeth Johnson of Lucama, about 50 miles east of Raleigh, missed the deadline for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing so narrowly that she didn’t even realize it. She missed the 9:57 cutoff by a single minute in her rushed attempt to buy a ticket with Online Play, lottery officials said in a statement Friday.text: Elizabeth Johnson of Lucama bought her Powerball ticket too late for last Wednesday’s drawing, but in plenty of time to win $2 million in Saturday’s. Elizabeth Johnson of Lucama bought her Powerball ticket too late for last Wednesday’s drawing, but in plenty of time to win $2 million in Saturday’s.

Elizabeth Johnson of Lucama bought her Powerball ticket too late for last Wednesday’s drawing, but in plenty of time to win $2 million in Saturday’s.

As luck would have it, those turned out to be the numbers drawn the following Saturday – which is how she learned that she had entered that drawing at all.

“It was definitely a shock!” Johnson said in the statement. “When I got the message saying that I had won I thought, ‘Well, I didn’t even play tonight.’”

She had bought a $3 Power Play ticket and matched the numbers on all five white balls for a $1 million win in Saturday’s drawing, a prize that doubled when the 2X multiplier was also drawn. The odds of matching all five white balls are 1 in 11.6 million, lottery officials said.

Johnson’s take-home was $1,415,001 after taxes. The interpreter said she plans to buy a house and take her family on vacation.

“The kids want to go to Disneyland,” said Johnson. “We’ve never been, and now we’ll get to.”

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