Woman wins $2M after buying ticket for wrong Powerball drawing

A North Carolina woman missed a time cutoff by a single minute and accidentally bought a lottery ticket for the wrong drawing — and won $2 million.

Elizabeth Johnson of Lucama told North Carolina Education Lottery officials she tried to buy a ticket for the May 19 Powerball drawing online, but she missed the 9:57 p.m. cutoff time by one minute and had mistakenly bought a ticket for Saturday’s drawing instead.

Johnson said she didn’t even realize the mistake until she got a message saying she had won $2 million in Saturday’s drawing.

“It was definitely a shock,” Johnson said. “When I got the message saying that I had won I thought, ‘Well, I didn’t even play tonight.'”

Johnson soon realized she had accidentally bought a ticket for Saturday’s drawing and matched all five white balls, earning her a $1 million jackpot that became $2 million when the 2X multiplier ball was drawn.

Johnson said her plans for the winnings include a new house and a family vacation.

“The kids want to go to Disneyland,” Johnson said. “We’ve never been and now we’ll get to.”