Pamlico County man holds winning lottery ticket for two months to surprise wife

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Jone Buadromo of Bayboro wins $100,000 with NC Lottery
Jone Buadromo of Bayboro wins $100,000 with NC Lottery

Land at the beach and a rental home may be on the horizon for a Pamlico County man who recently won $100,000 playing the N.C. Education Lottery.

Jone Buadromo of Bayboro purchased the winning Powerball ticket from the Handy Mart on N.C. 55 in Alliance for the April 11 drawing, but did not claim his prize immediately. He waited because he wanted to surprise his wife.

“I waited until the end of May because I wanted to surprise her on her birthday with the win,” Buadromo said in a press release.

He said his wife did not initially believe him and thought he was making a joke.

“I told her no, we really won," he said.

The $3 Power Play ticket matched numbers on four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. His prize doubled to $100,000 when the 2X multiplier hit.

“I didn’t believe it at first either,” he said. “I just tried to keep calm as much as possible.”

After required federal and state tax withholdings, Buadromo took home $71,011.

The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

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Powerball is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of buying their tickets at a retail location or with Online Play through the lottery’s website or with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App. The other games are Mega Millions, Lucky For Life, and Carolina Cash 5.

For details on how money raised by the lottery made a difference in Pamlico County in 2021, visit and click on the “Impact” section.


This article originally appeared on Sun Journal: Pamlico County man wins $100,000 in NC Lottery