(HorizonPost.com) – During the broadcast “Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve,” the first Powerball millionaire of 2024 was announced by host Ryan Seacrest. North Carolina resident Pamela Bradshaw was one of five finalists to win a 4-day, 3-night VIP trip to New York City to participate in Powerball’s annual New Year’s Eve promotion. The five finalists were chosen at random from entrants participating in second-chance contests from 23 states.
According to the North Carolina Lottery, it was Bradshaw’s first trip to New York City and her first time on an airplane. When the Clinton, NC resident heard Ryan Seacrest announce that she was Powerball’s First Millionaire of 2024, Bradshaw collapsed in shock.
Bradshaw said she hoped to use her $1 million promotional prize to purchase a home that she can fix up, according to the North Carolina Lottery. The North Carolina mom was the fifth winner of Powerball’s First Millionaire promotion. The current Powerball jackpot carried over into 2024 with an estimated $810 million.
The last winning Powerball ticket was on October 11. The California winner scored a prize of $1.765 billion. The last time a Powerball ticket won was on July 19 for $1.08 billion, making it the first time in Powerball history that two consecutive jackpots exceeded a billion dollars. The largest Powerball win was on November 7, 2022, with a prize of $2.04 billion. The current $810 million Powerball jackpot is estimated to have a cash value of $408.9 million. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million.
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