Will A North Carolinian Become First Powerball Millionaire Of The Year?

RALEIGH – A group of eight North Carolinians will get a VIP trip for two to New York City to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and one of the eight may become the first Powerball Millionaire of the Year.

They won the trip, including an exclusive New Year’s Eve gala in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, in a second-chance drawing held by the N.C. Education Lottery as part of the “Powerball First Millionaire of the Year” promotion. In addition to the gala, the prize includes three nights’ hotel accommodations in Times Square, tickets to see a Broadway show, and $1,000 spending money.

One of the eight, Gary Krigbaum of Spindale, has a chance on New Year’s Eve to become the first Powerball First Millionaire of the Year. He is one of 29 finalists in the drawing for the $1 million prize so his chances of winning will be 1 in 29.

Chris Brady, a 59-year-old CPA from Raleigh, is one of the seven other lucky winners of the VIP trip. He said he’s never been to New York City and he and his wife are “really excited” about going.

“It’s been a while since we’ve been to a New Year’s Eve gala like this,” he said. “We’ve spruced up our wardrobe for the event.”

The other winners are:

  • Katherine Klonis of Kill Devil Hills
  • Marjorie Donadio of Wake Forest
  • Andrea Teopantzin of Hickory
  • Mark Womack of Angier
  • Christina Chestnut of Charlotte
  • Ethan Erickson of Fuquay-Varina

This year’s event will mark the fourth consecutive year that Powerball has held the special drawing for a $1 million prize. The drawing will occur just after midnight on ABC’s broadcast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023.”

Ticket sales from draw games such as Powerball make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $2.5 million a day on average for education.


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