NC lottery sales increase as Powerball jackpot rises
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RALEIGH -- Each day the number on the billboards continue to rise, proof North Carolina has lottery fever.
"I have one specific number that I play," said Nathaniel Graham of Raleigh.
"Win a little loose a lot,” said Miriam Tomlinson of Knightdale.
"I go on Monday and buy all my tickets for the week,” said Bobby Gray.
Folks are flocking to their nearest convenience stores, snatching up the small tickets in hopes of winning the big prize.
"You always hope you'll win,” Tomlinson said.
"The most I've ever won is $25,000,” Graham added.
And many already have plans if they do.
"Pay my bills, get a house at the beach, buy about 500 acres of land, and give to church it's due,” Gray said.
This year, Powerball ticket prices rose from $1 to $2. And while some were frustrated by the increase, most are still pitching in their pay checks helping substantially raise the average winning jackpot amount.
"Initially our sales had a pretty significant increase that's not unusual. But we've settled out at about a 10 percent increase so it's been very good for us,” said North Carolina Education Lottery Executive Director Alice Garland.
And while other states like Georgia will soon allow online ticket sales, players here must still purchase the paper the old fashioned way.
Garland said the Tar Heel State doesn't currently have plans for single ticket online lottery sales, but are considering a move towards online subscriptions.
"It would be subscribing to purchase one of our three jackpot games, Powerball, Mega Millions, Carolina Cash 5,” she added.
The North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers haven't taken a stance in the online lottery debate.
The next Powerball drawing is set for 11 p.m. on Wednesday night. If someone wins, they could walk away with more than $200 million in cash.