Powerball jackpot hits $360M, NC woman claims $1M

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May 15, 2013 8:00:37 PM PDT
With the Powerball jackpot at $360 million, a Winston-Salem woman is celebrating her good fortune from last weekend's drawing.

The huge jackpot is up for grabs on Wednesday, but Paula Lampkins cashed in her ticket for $1 million after matching the five white balls last Saturday.

Lampkins is a hospital housekeeper who says winning the lottery means she will no longer need to live with a roommate. But Lampkins did say she will help her roommate because of what she did for her, adding that she would share her $680,000 after-tax winnings with her nine brothers and sisters and two adult children.

Another $1 million prize has yet to be claimed. That ticket was sold in Asheville.

Meanwhile, a local psychologist told ABC11 why the lottery is alluring to many.

"(You're) more likely to be struck by lightning, killed by a bee. Again, it goes back to that over-arching principle, the cost-benefit analysis," said psychologist Roy Etheridge. "It costs so little to have a shot at so big."

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