$200,000 Powerball Prize Means a Dream Boat for Brunswick County Man
For Andrew Ackerman of Oak Island, a $200,000 Powerball win means he can get his dream boat.
“I’m going to get a 20-foot Carolina Skiff,” Ackerman described. “I’m going to go fishing every day.
Ackerman beat odds of one in 913,129 to win the prize in Wednesday’s drawing.
He got the $3 Power Play ticket at the Olde Brunswick Store on East Oak Island Drive on Oak Island. He used a combination of family birthdays to pick his numbers.
“I used my birthday, my wife, and my two children’s birthdays,” Ackerman said. “I used the No. 4 as the Powerball since there are four of us.”
Ackerman didn’t check his numbers until Friday. “I didn’t think I was actually going to win anything,” He said. “So I forgot about it. When it came up on my phone that I won $200,000 I didn’t believe it. I ran back down to the store to have them check and sure enough I was reading it right.”
Ackerman claimed the prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal withholdings, he took home $139,002.
The ticket matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. Because he added the Power Play feature, the prize quadrupled to $200,000 when the 4X multiplier was drawn. His ticket was one of six in North Carolina to win a $200,000 prize in last Wednesday’s drawing.
Ticket sales from draw games like Powerball make it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars a year for the state. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website.