Powerball Kicks Off Tuesday in North Carolina Lottery

Monday was the first day of Powerball in North Carolina to benefit education. Sales were brisk and the excitement was at a high. Lottery officials are projecting Tuesday's sales could put the winnings at around $38 million. To mark the start of Powerball Tuesday, a hot air balloon flew over lottery headquarters in Raleigh. About 5,000 retailers are signed on to sell tickets. But things didn't go off without a hitch. Tuesday morning about 800 retailers experienced delays in selling tickets. That's because they turned off their Powerball machines. Late afternoon, numbers showed about $740,000 in sales. Lottery officials say at that pace they should see about a million dollars in sales by the end of Tuesday. North Carolina is the 29 state to sell Powerball tickets.