RALEIGH – Casma Omeally of Pikeville took a chance on a $2 Mega Millions ticket and won a $1 million prize in Friday’s drawing.
Omeally bought his lucky Quick Pick ticket from Pikeville Mini Mart on South Goldsboro Street in Pikeville.
He matched numbers on all five white balls to win $1 million. The $1 million prize was one of two won in North Carolina in Friday’s drawing. The other occurred in Statesville with Online Play
Omeally claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $712,501.
Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing offers an $820 million jackpot, or $422 million in cash. The jackpot ranks as the fifth largest in the game’s history. The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302 million.
Mega Millions is one of six 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.
Ticket sales from Mega Millions make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.5 million a day on average for education. Wayne County has received state grants totaling $30 million from monies raised by the lottery to help build a new elementary school. For details on other ways money raised by the lottery made a difference in Wayne County last year, visit nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.