Pharmacy worker’s tip leads man to $100,000 lottery prize


A North Carolina man said a pharmacy worker’s urging led to his buying the Powerball ticket that earned him a $100,000 prize.

Michael Buck, 62, of Rocky Mount, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he was picking up a prescription from the pharmacy at the Walmart Supercenter in Rocky Mount when an employee gave him a hot tip.

“The girl at the pharmacy told me they sold Powerball tickets at customer service,” Buck said. “I told her, ‘If I win I’ll come back and buy you a car.'”

Buck’s ticket matched four of the five white balls drawn Monday night, earning him a $50,000 prize that was doubled to $100,000 when the 2X Power Play multiplier hit.

“I didn’t hit the jackpot so I can’t buy her a car but I’ll definitely bring her something,” he said.

Buck said finding out he had won the prize was a shock.

“I kind of just walked around the house a little bit,” Buck said. “I was shaking.”

He said his winnings will go toward his retirement savings.