The North Carolina winner of $1 million in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing is a retired Coast Guardsman from Elizabeth City.
According to the N.C. Education Lottery, Ronald Statzer said he woke his wife up Thursday morning with some good news, asking her: “How does it feel to be a millionaire?”
Statzer, an early riser, brought the news to his wife after checking his Powerball tickets from Wednesday’s drawing, the lottery said. The day before, Statzer purchased five Quick Pick tickets from the 7-Eleven on Patrick Way and left them by his computer to check when he woke up.
“The first one I picked up, I looked at it and I went to the internet to verify the numbers,” Statzer told lottery officials Thursday. “I saw the first one come up, the second one, the third, the fourth one, and then the fifth one. And I said, ‘Oh my God,’ and I went downstairs and told my wife.”
Statzer said his wife initially didn’t believe him. “She said, ‘What?’” he recalled. “And I said, ‘I just won $1 million. And that’s pretty much what happened this morning.”
Statzer won $1 million because the numbers he selected matched all five white balls in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. Lottery officials said his lucky ticket was one of three nationally that matched all five numbers in the drawing.
The odds of matching all five white balls are 1 in 11.6 million, the lottery said.
Statzer drove to Raleigh later Thursday morning and claimed his prize at lottery headquarters. He took home $707,501 after required federal and state tax withholdings.
“One of the first things I am going to do is pay off my truck,” he told lottery officials. “Other than that, I don’t know. Not yet. We will be thinking about it.”
Statzer advised a lottery official that he did not wish to take part in any media interviews.
There were no jackpot winners in Wednesday’s drawing. That means the jackpot will be $457 million in Saturday’s drawing. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million, lottery officials said.