If you drove by your North Carolina gas station last week and shrugged off an idea to buy a ticket—just for the fun of it—you might be kicking yourself right now.
You could have been one of the 2,014 winning tickets. Yes, you read that right.
Saturday’s lucky numbers — 0-0-0-0 — won the $7.8 million jackpot, the largest ever in a single drawing in the game, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a press release.
More than 2,000 people won the state lottery from Saturday’s North Carolina Pick 4 drawing, totaling $7.8 million win for the players.
The lucky numbers?
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The odds of matching all four numbers in a Pick 4 drawing are 1 in 10,000, the lottery said. The four zeros are known as “Quads” among players in Pick 4, and they’re one of the most popular combination numbers played, the lottery said.
Of the 2,014 winning tickets, there are 1,002 $1 tickets worth $5,000 each and there are 1,012 50 cent tickets worth $2,500 each, according to the lottery.
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Winners have 180 days to claim their prize, which they can do at any of the lottery’s six regional offices.
The Pick 4 game generates more than $650 million each year for North Carolina education programs, according to the lottery.
Winner of $344.6 Million Powerball Jackpot Revealed
In another lottery winner story, a North Carolina man who says he based his Powerball entry on a fortune cookie he got from his granddaughter, now has a fortune to celebrate.
WRAL in Raleigh reports retired retailer Charles W. Jackson Jr. stepped forward at North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters on Tuesday, June 4, to claim the previous weekend’s $344.6 million jackpot.
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Jackson chose the $223 million lump sum payment and said he would donate some of it to several charities and give $1 million to his brother to make good on a deal they made.
The charities Jackson plans to donate some of the money to are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Wounded Warrior Project, he said at a news conference.
Jackson initially thought he had won just $50,000 and was heading to Raleigh to collect, but looked again and saw he’d won a lot more.
“I said, ‘Dang, I got them all,’” he said at the news conference.
He also said he had to find the jackpot amount on Google because he doesn’t watch television news. Once he did, he told his wife, “You ain’t going to believe this—I got it all.”
Jackson said he hopes the windfall doesn’t change him.
He added, “I’m still going to wear my jeans—maybe newer ones.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.