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Rocky Mount man claims $1 million Powerball prize

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. - Rocky Mount resident James Mullins is started 2014 by claiming a $1 million Powerball prize.

Mullins matched all five white balls in the December 28 drawing. His lucky Quick Pick ticket was sold at Fuel Doc #3 on U.S. 64 Alternate West in Rocky Mount. Mullins claimed his prize Thursday and after state and federal taxes were withheld, Mullins received a check for $692,000.

Mullins was the first $1 million lottery winner of the new year to benefit from lower state income tax rates. Under state law, the lottery now withholds 5.8 percent of prizes that are $600 or greater for state income taxes. Previously, the lottery withheld 7 percent.

The change means that all lottery winners of $600 or more will take home more of their winnings. For a winner of a $1 million prize, the change means an additional $12,000.

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Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in the east could be bringing in the new year a million dollars richer.

A $1 million ticket for Saturday’s Powerball drawing was sold at Fuel Doc #3 on U.S. 64 Alternate West in Rocky Mount. The ticket matched all five numbers for the white balls drawn, which were 8-35-44-51-56.

The lucky winner has not come forward yet, but has 180 days from the date of the drawing to collect the prize money at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

The first Powerball jackpot drawing of 2014 will be held at 10:59 p.m. on New Year’s Day. The estimated jackpot is $50 million.

As of September 2013, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $3 billion for education.

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