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Prize helps N.C. hurricane victim rebuild

David Burnette

Drawing Date: 12/6/2019

December 13, 2019 - A major jackpot, $340 million, is up for grabs in tonight’s Mega Millions drawing, but don’t throw away your ticket if you don’t win the jackpot, it could still be worth a lot of money.

David Burnette of Newport, N.C., found that out when he won a $50,000 Mega Millions prize in last Friday’s drawing. He said he plans to repair the damage Hurricane Florence caused to his home.

Burnette won the prize after he stopped at the Handy Mart on Arendell Street in Morehead City, N.C., and bought a Quick Pick ticket. The retiree said he couldn’t believe it when realized he had a winning ticket.

“I called my wife in to check the numbers,” Burnette said. “It felt great to win.”

Burnette’s $3 Megaplier ticket matched four of the white balls and the Mega Ball to win $10,000. It multiplied to $50,000 when the 5X Megaplier was drawn. In addition to the jackpot, the game offers nine different ways to win.

“Mr. Burnette is just one example of the different life-changing prizes someone can win playing Mega Millions,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Even if you don’t win the jackpot, double check your ticket, there may be another big prize on it.”

Other than the jackpot, prizes can range from $2 to $5 million depending on the type of ticket a player buys.