Powerball mania swept the nation Saturday night as players had a chance to win the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The drawing was for an estimated $435 million.
And North Carolina residents weren’t excluded from Powerball fever.
The Eagle Express Convenience Store in Knightdale had a busy night as they sold hundreds of tickets to lottery players.
And owners of the store said they saw people from all walks of life playing, hoping to strike it rich.
Sondra Urgelles said she typically doesn’t play the Powerball, but this jackpot has her making an exception.
“I only (play) when it’s a certain amount,” she said. “When it gets to three digits. Then I’m like, ‘ok, as long as it’s not the Lord’s money I’m gone play.'”
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While some people said they’d buy a house with their winnings, other players like Larry Howell have other ideas.
“I probably would invest,” he said. “I think, and then I’d go splurge a little bit.”
“First, I’d give it to the Lord,” Urgelles said. “I’d pay off my mom and dad’s house. Put some away for my kid’s college.”
For some customers, the numbers chosen represent anniversaries, birthdays, and other special dates.
It was an opportunity to try their luck and strike it big, even though the odds of winning were small and stacked against them: A one in 292.2 million chance.
However, managers at the store said that didn’t stop customers from buying.
“I had someone get like 40 tickets,” Melissa Caito said. “I’ve had someone get 25 tickets. We just keep them rolling.”
Eagle Express Convenience Store said if someone won the jackpot at their store, they would throw a big party.
DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Protests and marches are expected across the country today as thousands of women commemorate the struggle for women’s rights.
Today, a local group in Durham is holding a fundraiser to benefit the cause.
The theme of today’s protest is “It’s Time for a Change!” Action NC is asking those to join in “Our Day of Strike,” which is Durham’s International Women’s Day event that began at CCB Plaza at 9:30 a.m.
There will be celebrations of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, but the rally will highlight issues such as equal pay and reproductive rights for women.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district – where 75 percent of the employees are women – decided to cancel classes.
Durham Public Schools Board Chair Mike Lee released a statement Wednesday morning defending the district’s decision to not cancel classes:
The Durham Public Schools Board of Education is proud of the work of the women within our system. Teachers, support staff, administrators and district staff: these women are the heart of our school system.
We know that many of our teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other employees will be taking off work today, International Women’s Day, as part of “A Day Without a Woman.” It is this passion that makes these same women some of our very best teachers and employees, and we salute and support them.
At the same time, we believe Superintendent Bert L’Homme made the right decision to hold school today. As a system, we do not believe we can ask our parents to rearrange or miss their own jobs by closing our schools on short notice. We do not want to cause many of our employees to miss a day’s paycheck, and we do not want to miss a day of instruction with our students.
Our principals and staff have been encouraged to find ways to teach students about the historical, and ongoing, fight for equality that is represented by International Women’s Day. We support these efforts.
Without women, there would be no education and no future. We are grateful for the leadership women give to our schools at every level.”
With many staying at home from work and school, Action NC says this will show how important women are to the economy and community.
“This is where it starts. You have to start at home where you have a very progressive city council, very progressive county commission and you have progressive leaders, representatives,” said Gloria De Los Santos with Action NC.
Those in support of the International Women’s Day event are being asked to wear red to today’s rally and at school and work.
If you are a baseball fan like I am then you have heard of Durham, North Carolina. You might not know any restaurants there though, and if you do, would they make the list of the top ranked restaurants? I’m going to cover four of them in Durham right now so that when you are in that area, you have some great choices for enjoying a meal. Let’s take a look at those Durham restaurants.
Nana’s Restaurant is one of the top rated Durham NC restaurants, and it is located on University Drive. With pork chops, grouper, risotto and more, the chefs are cooking up some delicious menu items at Nana’s Restaurant. Another reviewer raves about the fish tacos, and most of them mention having a great time in addition to the food being good.
The next top Durham restaurant is The Original Q Shack. It is also located on University Drive like Nana’s Restaurant, but The Original Q Shack is a barbecue restaurant. You’re talking about North Carolina barbecue at its finest, with brisket, hushpuppies, fried okra and more.
On to the third restaurant in Durham, North Carolina. It is Bull City Burger And Brewery on East Parrish Street. Are you wanting to have a good beer in a place with a good atmosphere? Would you like to grab a burger? This is your place.
We have one more Durham NC restaurant to cover. Vin Rouge on Hillsborough Road serves up an interesting menu, rather eclectic. It is a French cafe, so it would be a unique experience. One reviewer talks about dining on the patio. Outdoor dining is always a pro, but of course the weather has to be cooperative. I don’t know about you, but my first stop out of these four top restaurants in Durham, North Carolina would be The Original Q Shack.
Durham is ideal to live for people who have strong love for entertainment and music therefore you should choose this city if you want to live in a place where music will be all around you all the time. It is named as music city only due to the love of music that most people share in this city.
Renting an apartment is rather easy than purchasing because purchasing will increase your expenses on monthly bases. Although some people say that renting is just like throwing away your money with not return and purchasing will at least count as an investment.
Living in the city of music is something that some people have just wished in their whole life but never achieved such a dream. If you get a chance to live over there, never underestimate it because you have to give your best performance in order to secure your place over here.