Kannapolis man wins $1 million
When it comes to lottery games, Mike Ellison is a Powerball-only player and now he is North Carolina’s newest $1 million Powerball winner.
The Kannapolis man said he was “ecstatic” after his ticket matched all five white balls in Saturday’s drawing. Because the multiplier was three, Ellison initially believed his Power Play ticket was worth $600,000.
“I thought I might be dreaming,” he recalled as he checked the winning numbers on Sunday morning. When he arrived at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, he learned that five white ball matches, like the one on his $2 Power Play ticket, are automatically worth $1 million.
Ellison bought his winning ticket, worth $680,000 after taxes, at the Church Street BP in Concord. The former musician plans to use his prize money to buy a house, retire and take care of his family.
Ellison is the second seven-figure Powerball winner from Kannapolis. Since the lottery began through June 30 of last year, Cabarrus County players have won more than $47.8 million in prizes. During the same time period, education programs in the county have received more than $30.5 million in lottery funds.