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# Alabama man on work trip stops to buy \$3 quick pick Powerball ticket, wins 6-figure jackpot

By Sara Chernikoff, USA TODAY,

2024-08-02

An Alabama man on a work trip in North Carolina bought a \$3 Quick Pick Powerball ticket on a whim and walked away with a six-figure windfall.

Christopher Baker of Leesburg in northeastern Alabama bought his lucky ticket in July in Hickory, North Carolina, where had been traveling for work, according to Powerball .

When the numbers were drawn, Baker says he had to do a double-take when he realized he had a \$100,000 winning ticket. He had matched four white balls and the red Powerball, which would have been \$50,000, but a 2X multiplier doubled the win and the disbelief.

“I just kept looking at it to make sure I was reading it right,” he laughed, according to Powerball. “I told my family but they didn’t believe me. either.”

Baker, who called his win "a shocker." said he plans to save his winnings to buy a house.

Baker will take home \$71,501 after federal and state taxes are withheld.

## How to play the Powerball

In order to purchase a \$2 Powerball ticket, you'll have to visit your local convenience store, gas station or grocery store − and in a handful of states, you can purchase tickets online.

To play, you will need to pick six numbers in total to mark on your ticket. Five numbers will be white balls ranging from numbers 1 to 69. The Powerball is red and one number which is between 1 and 26.

If you want to increase your chances of winning, you can add a “Power Play” for \$1 which increases the winnings for all non-jackpot prizes. This addition can multiply winnings by 2X , 3X , 4X , 5X , or 10X .

Players can also ask a cashier for a "Quick Pick" where a cashier will give you a computer generated numbers on a printed Powerball ticket.

Drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights. If there's no jackpot winner, the cash prize will increase by millions.

## Where to purchase tickets

Tickets can be purchased in person at gas stations, convenience stores and grocery stores. Some airport terminals may also sell lottery tickets.

You can also order tickets online through Jackpocket, the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network , in these U.S. states and territories: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. The Jackpocket app allows you to pick your lottery game and numbers, place your order, see your ticket and collect your winnings all using your phone or home computer.

Jackpocket is the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network. Gannett may earn revenue for audience referrals to Jackpocket services. Must be 18+, 21+ in AZ and 19+ in NE. Not affiliated with any State Lottery. Gambling Problem? Call 1-877-8-HOPE-NY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY); 1-800-327-5050 (MA); 1-877-MYLIMIT (OR); 1-800-981-0023 (PR); 1-800-GAMBLER (all others). Visit jackpocket.com/tos for full terms.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Alabama man on work trip stops to buy \$3 quick pick Powerball ticket, wins 6-figure jackpot

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Sundance Kid
08-05
Residents of Alabama complain about the lack of a state lottery, but refuse to support a candidate for governor that will push for one .How did that Robert Bentley crap workout? What has Ol Bat Ivey done?
Larry
08-04
Everybody who buys a ticket has a story. This one is only to boost sales nothing more.
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