Winner of largest Powerball jackpot in state history comes forward

A 66 year old grandfather from Cumberland country has come forward to clam his $344.6 million powerball prize

For over two year, Charles W. Jackson Jr. has played powerball and mega million with the same numbers twice a week in hope of winning it big.

Little did Jackson know , when he made a routine stop at the carile C’s IGA on North Main Street in Hope Mils on Friday .

Jackson ‘s lucky ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday ‘s drawing, winning a $344.6 million prize .

You play to win said Jackson But you never really expect to win the whole dang pot .

On Sunday morning Jackson did not check his tickets like usual . Monday passed

He had still forgotten . It wasn’t until Tuesday morning when he pulled out his lucky ticket that he realized just what he was holding

I didn’t see it all at first said Jackson  I thought I had only matched four of the five white ball .

I thought that meant I had only won $50,000. I called my wife and told her , I need to go Raleigh . 

I decided to check again said jacson. I saw that last number and thought , I have won the whole thing . I didn’t know how much I had won until I googled it .

Jackson was presen ted with his big check at a ceremony at lottery headquarters on Tuesday evening.