Craven County man wins $150,000 playing Powerball

Kennie Jones of New Bern tried his luck on a Powerball ticket and won a $150,000 prize.

Jones’ $3 Power Play ticket matched numbers on four white balls and the Powerball in Saturday’s drawing to win $50,000. His prize tripled to $150,000 when the 3X multiplier hit.

Jones purchased his ticket from the Breeze Thru on East Street in Pittsboro. He claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $106,516.

Jones’ win came as North Carolinians play for a Powerball jackpot that now tops $350 million. Wednesday’s Powerball drawing offers a $365 million jackpot, or $207.5 million in cash. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

Powerball is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets at a retail location or with Online Play through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. The other games are Mega Millions, Lucky For Life, and Carolina Cash 5.

Ticket sales from draw games like Powerball make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $5.6 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Craven County in 2021, visit and click on the “Impact” section.

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