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.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.”