Marston woman wins $20K Powerball prize

MARSTON — A Richmond County woman has won a $20,000 Powerball prize.

Marston resident Wenona Jones’ numbers came up in the June 3 Powerball drawing and Jones claimed her prize this week, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Jones was one of 14 players throughout the Tar Heel State who won prizes of $10,000 to $50,000 in lottery drawings and scratch-off games.

Since last Thursday, six players across the state scratched and matched their way to prizes from $150,000 to $4 million.

The biggest win of the week went to Ernesto Mellon Jr. of Newport, who is the second player to win the $4 million top prize in the 100X The Cash game. He plans to use a portion of his winnings to pay off his home and save for the future.

Patricia Everhart, a homemaker from Lexington, said she’s had a lot of luck playing the lottery’s Millionaire 7’s scratch-off game. Her claim was backed up on Thursday after she won prizes of $20, $40, $500 and $1 million.

From June 12-18, instant players won $19.7 million and draw game players won more than $3.7 million, according to a N.C. Education Lottery release.

Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.8 billion for the state. Net proceeds will be used this year to help pay salaries of teachers and teacher assistants, for pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk 4-year-olds, for school construction and repair and need-based college scholarships and financial aid.