North Carolina lottery officials have confirmed that one lucky ticket holder has scooped the Powerball jackpot of $344.6 million.
The winner has been identified as a Cumberland County man, Charles W. Jackson Jr. who has elected to take an after-tax lump sum payment of $223 million.
"I never expected to win, so I just got lucky," Jackson said during a news conference.
"I didn't know it until this morning. I didn't see the last digit — I thought I had just won $50,000," Jackson said.
"You play to win — but you don't ever expect to win," he said. "It still hasn't come over me yet how much — all that money."
Jackson, who is retired initially thought he had just won $50,000, he had to look more than once before realising he had won the full amount.
Planning to give $1 million to his brother, Jackson becomes the biggest single-ticket jackpot winner in North Carolina and the fifth person in the state to win a Powerball jackpot.