A former corrections officer has stepped forward to claim North Carolina's first big lottery prize -- 74 and a half million dollars in the Powerball jackpot.
Jackie Alston of Halifax bought the ticket at a Shell gas station in Halifax County, about 15 miles from the Virginia border. Her ticket was the only one to match all five numbers -- 2, 8, 9, 12 and 19 -- and the Powerball -- 25 -- in the November 29th drawing.
Alston told reporters at a news conference that she had to call her brother and have him check the ticket two or three times. She says she's taking the lump sum of more than 36 million dollars before taxes, and while she hasn't decided what to do with her money, she says she's put together a team of advisers.
Alston says she worked for 15 years at Brunswick Correctional Facility in Lawrenceville, Virginia, before winning the lottery. She resigned from her job in December.