Two US Powerball players from North Carolina, who share the same last name, have claimed a $1 million prize and shared that as well. But it is not known if the winners are related because they told North Carolina Education Lottery officials they wanted as little media attention as possible.
In compliance with the winners' wishes the state lottery has released only the information that is required by the state's public record laws.
William Anthony, of Cherryville, and Evans Anthony, of Shelby, matched all five main numbers, but not the Powerball in the drawing held on Saturday, November 8, 2014. They picked up their checks on Friday. After the necessary deductions for taxes, each of them walked away with a $346,002 share of the prize.
The US Powerball is a multi-state draw that offers a minimum jackpot of $40 million. Numbers are drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 22:59 (EST).