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  There were no jackpot winners Saturday, but 496,961 players across the nation won more than $13.2 Million in prizes in America's Game. Click here to see the winning numbers.  
   
 
Westville Resident Follows Stranger's Advice - Wins $1 million Illinois Lottery Prize
Westville resident Chris Vice won $1million after following the friendly advice of a stranger. "I was at the gas station buying a soda when the person in line behind me said, 'The Powerball jackpot is $500million tonight, you should get a ticket.' So I bought a ticket and I won!" The numbers on Vice's Quick Pick ticket matched the first five numbers to win $1 million in the Wednesday, February 11 Powerball drawing. Today, Illinois Lottery officials presented him a large ceremonial check to commemorate the win.

Vice was back at the same gas station when a clerk told him they had sold a $1 million winning Powerball ticket. Using the lottery self-service scanner, Vice checked his ticket. The message 'file a claim' appeared on the screen. "When I saw that message, I knew the big winner was me. I signed the back of my ticket and rushed home!"

The 29 year old small business owner started his own company, Unique Construction, ten years ago. Vice has lived in Westville and the area all his life. He and his wife plan to invest the windfall for retirement and for their three children to go to college. "This win is such an amazing bonus!"
   
  Feb. 28: Jackpot at $80 Million; Rolling to $90 Million
The Saturday, February 28th jackpot was at its guaranteed $80 million and will be rolling to $90 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 11 17 25 28 46 Powerball: 12, Power Play 2. There were four tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize, except in CA where prizes are required to be pari-mutuel, and could pay more or less than $1 Million. They were from CA, MI, OH, and WI. There were three tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. They were from PR, TN, and VI. There were 496,961 tickets that nearly $13.2 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
Brunswick County woman won $188 million share of Powerball jackpot
A single mother from a small town in Coastal North Carolina has come forward to claim her $188 million Powerball prize, making her the largest jackpot winner in state history.

Until recently, Marie Holmes of Shallotte supported her four children by working jobs at Wal-Mart, Food Lion, KFC, McDonald's and Subway. The 26-year-old's life changed forever when her Powerball ticket matched all six numbers in the Feb. 11 drawing, winning her a third of the $564 million jackpot.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, N.C. Education Lottery executive director Alice Garland presented Holmes with a check celebrating her $188 million win.

"I am humbled and grateful for the opportunities this has created for my family," she said.

Holmes, an occasional lottery player, asked her mom to get her a ticket because the jackpot had grown so large. Her lucky Quick Pick ticket came from the Scotchman on Whiteville Road in Shallotte, a town of less than 4,000 people just minutes from the South Carolina border.

Holmes was in disbelief the morning after the drawing when she realized the numbers on her ticket matched all of the winning numbers in the drawing, beating odds of 1 in 175 million.

"I started screaming and jumping around," the former high school basketball star recalled. "I said to my kids, 'You just don’t understand what this means.'"

Holmes sought financial and legal advice before claiming her prize money. After consulting with her attorney, Charles Francis, Holmes opted for the $127 million lump sum payment. The after-tax winnings of $87.9 million, Holmes said, will allow her to cement several important goals. Among other things, Holmes plans to tithe to religious and charitable organizations, finish her college degree, buy her mother a house, and secure the future for her three daughters - and her seven year-old son who has cerebral palsy.

"I hope that this moment can shine a light on the challenges faced by children and adults with cerebral palsy," Holmes said. "Not everyone understands what cerebral palsy is, and what it means to a family. I hope our story can help change that."
   
  Feb. 25: Jackpot at $70 Million; Rolling to $80 Million
The Wednesday, February 25th jackpot was at its guaranteed $70 million and will be rolling to $80 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 17 19 21 32 39 Powerball: 08, Power Play 3. There were three tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from FL, MD, and NY. There was one ticket that added the Power Play to win $2 million. It was from the State of IL. There were 437,504 tickets that won over $8.2 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
Columbia Couple Makes Million Dollar Discovery
A Columbia, SC woman got quite a surprise yesterday when she checked a Powerball ticket that's been in her purse for weeks. The ticket was worth $1 million.

The news sickened her husband.

"I almost threw up when I saw the ticket," he said. "She's been walking around with $1 million in her pocketbook!"

He says he's always buying tickets for his wife that she doesn't check. This one he bought in Chester at the Kushi Food Mart on JA Cochran Bypass for the drawing on January 28.

Twenty-six days later they realized the ticket matched the first five numbers drawn (12, 24, 35, 36, and 49) but missed the red Powerball number (1). Failing to match the red Powerball number cost them the $261 million jackpot, but they didn't seem to care.

In fact, the couple couldn't stop laughing.

"Now I'm embarrassed I gave her such a cheap Valentine's gift," joked the husband.

"You can make it up to me now," the wife responded.

The couple wants to stay humble and is keeping the win low key with no extravagant spending on the horizon.

"It doesn't matter if we have $20 or $1 million," said the husband. "We always have fun together."
   
  Feb. 21: Jackpot at $60 Million; Rolling to $70 Million
The Saturday, February 21st jackpot was at its guaranteed $60 million and will be rolling to $70 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 10 14 18 34 51 Powerball: 26, Power Play 2. There were three tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from CT, IL, and KY. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 415,609 tickets that won nearly $5.7 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
  Feb. 18: Jackpot at $50 Million; Rolling to $60 Million; two more millionaires, for a total of 1,409!!!
The Wednesday, February 18th jackpot was at its guaranteed $50 million and will be rolling to $60 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 01 09 29 32 49 Powerball: 22, Power Play 2. There was one ticket that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. It was from the State of NY. There was one ticket that added the Power Play to win $2 million. It was from the State of CO. There were 378,064 tickets that won over $5.3 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
Montcalm County Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize
A Montcalm County dairy farm worker has plenty of moo-lah in his bank account after winning a $1 million Powerball prize.

Jeff Smith, of Stanton, retired the day he learned he had won $1 million playing Powerball.

"Even a month later, I'm still in disbelief," said Smith. "I'm not sure it will sink in that I won $1 million until I get the check and put the money in the bank."

Smith was standing in line at Zerka's Party Store, located at 134 West Main Street in Stanton, when he had a lucky feeling.

"As I was going up to the register, I just thought 'I ought to buy a couple of Powerball easy picks,'" said Smith. "I play the Lottery regularly, but may buy Powerball tickets once or twice a year. I'm not sure why I got that feeling, but I'm sure glad I did."

Smith matched the five white balls drawn - 15-16-23-27-36 - on Jan. 17 to win $1 million.

The next day, Smith returned to Zerka's Party Store to buy a cup of coffee and check his Lottery tickets, something he'd done many times before. This time, he got a very different result.

"When I scanned my ticket, the machine said to see the clerk. I told the clerk what the machine said and she told me the store had sold a $1 million winner," said Smith. "As soon as I heard that, I signed the ticket, paid for my coffee and headed to a friend's house to check my numbers."

The friend confirmed the good news for Smith: he was a $1 million Powerball winner.

"I put the ticket in a safe while I got my affairs in order before coming to claim the prize," said Smith.

Smith has had plenty of time to think about what he wants to do with his big winnings. He plans to pay off some debt, purchase a new truck, and enjoy some fishing in his retirement.

Smith remains unsure about when he will purchase another Powerball ticket.

"I'm not sure if I'll be lucky enough to have lightning strike twice," Smith said. "But then again, you never know when that lucky feeling is going to hit you."
   
 
Lucky feeling led sister and brothers to $1 million Powerball win
Catherine Harris, an engineer from Raleigh, said on the morning of Feb. 11 she woke up with a feeling that it was going to be a great day.

"I can't explain it," Harris said. "I've never had a feeling like that before. I just felt lucky. Then I heard on the radio that the jackpot was really big and decided to stop for gas. Then I called my brothers and told them both that I was going to win the lottery today and asked if they wanted to buy tickets with me. They agreed and then we played the waiting game until that night's drawing."

Jon Janshego, an engineer from Peabody, Mass., said that he was texting back and forth with his siblings in the moments leading up to the drawing. A little while afterward, he received a text from Catherine that read "OMG".

"I kept waiting for her to say something else and then I finally just called her to see what was going on," Jon said. "It still hasn't hit me that we won."

Brian Janshego, an engineer who also lives in Raleigh, said he found it difficult to believe his sister when she finally told him what they'd won. She told her brother that they had matched all five numbers in that night's drawing to win $1 million. "You know how siblings can be," Brian said. "But she promised me that it was true. The whole experience has been outstanding. This makes things a whole lot more comfortable."

"I still start shaking whenever I think about it," Catherine said. "It's a pretty life-changing thing for me."

Each sibling claimed a $333,333 share of the winnings, which came to $230,833 after required state and federal withholdings. Catherine plans to use her share to pay off her home and save for retirement. Brian said he will use the money to save for the future and buy some yoga shorts. Jon plans to use his share to pay for his daughters' college education.

Harris purchased the lucky $2 ticket, which beat odds of 1 in 5.1 million, at the Quality Mart on Beryl Road in Raleigh. It was one of two tickets that won a $1 million prize in the drawing in North Carolina.

"I've felt like a lottery winner for a long time now," Brian said as he collected his share of the winnings. "I have a wonderful family and I’m so happy to share this with them."
   
 
Orbis employees claim $1-million Powerball prize
A work pool of 19 Orbis employees have claimed one of three $1-million Powerball prizes sold in the Feb. 11 drawing. They finalized their claim yesterday afternoon at the Ohio Lottery's Dayton regional office.

The group matched all five numbers without the Powerball number, winning the $1-million second-tier prize. Each share is worth approximately $52,631. After federal and state tax withholdings, each member of the pool will receive a check for approximately $37,368.
   
 
St. Louis Veteran Plans Move After $1 Million Win
A St. Louis*(63102) veteran who won $1 million during the recent Missouri Lottery Powerball jackpot run is planning a move to Texas. Caleb Guin, 31, spent time in the U.S. Air Force and Army. He got out of the Army in 2012 and has been working as a civilian contractor at Scott Air Force Base. When the Powerball jackpot grew past $300 million, he began to play the game. He purchased a winning Quick Pick ticket at Gas Mart, 902 S. Broadway, in St. Louis.

"I waited a couple of days and then found out online," began Guin. "This whole time, I've been waiting anxiously."

Guin won the $1 million prize in the Feb. 11 Powerball drawing. He matched all five white-ball numbers, which were: 11, 13, 25, 39 and 54. There were three $1 million Match 5 prize winners in Missouri for that drawing, which boasted a $500 million jackpot. He had to wait out a state holiday to claim his prize at the St. Louis Lottery office on Feb. 17.

"I kept looking at it every single day, just to make sure I wasn't making it up in my mind," he admitted.

Guin said he'd like to try his hand at poker and might plan a trip to Las Vegas. He has an Army buddy in Texas and plans to move there in the coming months. He also mentioned wanting to buy an SUV.
   
 
Olathe Man Claims $1 Million Powerball Prize
An Olathe man in his 50s is Kansas' newest lottery millionaire! The lucky winner, who asked the Lottery not to identify him publicly, came to Lottery headquarters today to claim a $1,000,000 prize in the February 11 Powerball drawing. His winning ticket matched all numbers but the Powerball.

The winning numbers were 11-13-25-39-54 Powerball 19. The winner had the first five numbers, but instead of 19 for the Powerball, he had 4. Although the Olathe winner missed sharing in a $564 million jackpot (which was split among winners in North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico), he's quite happy to have hit the next best thing.

"It was really surprising," he told Lottery officials. "My wife and I don't usually play lottery, but the Powerball jackpot was so big last week I thought I should get a ticket."

The winner said he plays so seldom that when he checked his ticket on the website the day after the drawing, he didn't really know what it all meant.

"I was initially confused. I thought to myself, 'How do they have my numbers?'" he laughed. "Then I figured out that was a good thing."

The winning ticket was a $4 Quick Pick (computer-picked numbers). In addition to those two Quick Pick plays, the winner had also purchased three plays in which he and his wife had picked their own numbers. Those were not winners.

The lucky ticket was sold by QuikTrip 206, located at 15650 W. 135th Street in Olathe. For selling the $1,000,000 ticket, the store becomes eligible for a $1,000 bonus.
   
 
Greensboro lottery winner shares $1 million Powerball prize with family
Rhonda Beard of Greensboro has an affinity for jackpot games like Mega Millions and Powerball. After she won $1 million in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, it's also evident much she cares about her family: She decided to share her prize money with two of her relatives.

"If I win, everybody wins," Beard said about her choice.

Beard's $334,000 share of the winnings came to $231,295 after required state and federal withholdings. Latisha Wright and Ervin Boyd, also residents of Greensboro, each received a $333,000 share worth $230,602 apiece after taxes.

Beard purchased the lucky ticket, which beat odds of 1 in 5.1 million, at the Food Lion on East Market Street in Greensboro.

Another ticket won $1 million in the drawing, but has yet to be claimed. It was sold at the Quality Mart on Beryl Road in Raleigh.
   
 
Winning Powerball Power Play ticket sold in Bellingham
Aliou Dioum of North Providence, RI is the winner of a $2 million Powerball prize, having matched the first five winning numbers while playing the Power Play option in the multi-state game's drawing held Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Dioum claimed his $2 million prize (less taxes) at Massachusetts Lottery headquarters in Braintree on Wednesday, February 11. He intends to use his winnings to pay some bills, take a vacation and invest.

His winning ticket was purchased at Bellingham Grocery, 19 North Main St. in Bellingham. The store will receive a $20,000 bonus for its sale.
   
  Feb. 14: Jackpot at $40 Million; Rolling to $50 Million
The Saturday, February 14th jackpot was at its guaranteed $40 million and will be rolling to $50 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 01 24 44 45 51 Powerball: 28, Power Play 2. There was one ticket that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize, except in CA where prizes are required to be pari-mutuel, and could pay more or less than $1 Million. It was from the State of CA. There was one ticket that added the Power Play to win $2 million. It was from the State of FL. There were 418,932 tickets that nearly $5.6 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
Las Cruces Woman Claims $2 Million Powerball Prize
A woman from Las Cruces claimed a $2 million Powerball prize today and she's playing the same lucky numbers tomorrow for a chance at the jackpot of $380 million.

Romana Saavedra, who claimed her prize in person at New Mexico Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque, was lucky twice in the Nov. 29 drawing.

First, Saavedra’s ticket matched the white ball numbers of 13, 24, 30, 42 and 48 to win $1 million. Then her prize jumped to $2 million because she purchased the game's $1 Power Play feature. Power Play multiplies non-jackpot prizes.

Saavedra, who has played the same birthdates and anniversaries on every lottery ticket for the past five years, discovered her prize Monday after retrieving old tickets from her car and purse. She checked approximately 20 tickets with winning numbers posted online. When she discovered the winning ticket, she called her husband.

"I was shaking," she recalled for lottery officials. "It's something you can't believe."

Saavedra said she plans to share her prize with her family.

"I'm lucky because I have three great kids," she said.

Saavedra said she regularly plays lottery games because she believes in supporting the Legislative Lottery Scholarship program.

"I tell people all the time that buying a ticket helps kids go to school," she said.

Saavedra's three sons attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. Two graduated from New Mexico State University and one graduated from the University of New Mexico.

Saavedra bought her lucky ticket at the Western Refining Store located at 2210 E. Lohman Ave. in Las Cruces.
   
 
$ 1 MILLION POWERBALL WINNER RECEIVES HER CHECK AT VILLA HILLS KENTUCKY LOTTERY RETAILER
A Villa Hills woman has claimed a $1 million prize from Saturday night's Powerball drawing.

Patricia Pearson won by matching the white ball winning numbers on her ticket but not the Powerball. The computer-generated quick pick ticket chose 26 as her Powerball number, but 34 is what was drawn for the $289,000,000 jackpot drawing.

Pearson didn't have that "eureka" moment many lottery winners have when they discover they've won - instead she learned she may be the winner after a phone call. When lottery officials went to the AmeriStop Food Mart in Villa Hills to execute security precautions after the drawing, they watched the surveillance video of the purchase with store manager Paul Gabis. Later in the afternoon, after watching the video several times, Gabis realized he knew the winner.

While he knew where Pearson lived, Gabis didn't have a phone number for her. He called the management company of her condominium complex and asked if they could get in touch with her so she could call the store.

"At first I thought he was calling because I'd been trying to sell my condo for the past year and had a sign up at the store," Pearson said. "I thought he was calling to tell me to take it down. Instead, Paul said, 'You won the lottery!'". He then asked her to read the numbers on her ticket. The first five numbers matched, and then she gave him the Powerball number which was 26. "That's when Paul told me I'd won a million dollars."

Pearson, who says she buys lottery tickets only a few times a year, was cleaning her house last week when she found a few tickets she hadn't checked. When she took them to the AmeriStop she discovered she'd won $4, so she bought a single Powerball ticket and a Mega Millions ticket. It was that single Powerball play that won the $1 million.

Pearson has no plans for the new-found wealth beyond helping a few family members. The AmeriStop will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
   
 
Goldsboro couple on $1 million Powerball win: 'We're paying off everything'
Robert and Valerie Murphy of Goldsboro described themselves as "happy campers" after matching all five white balls in last night's Powerball drawing and winning a $1 million prize.

Robert, an electrician, was on his way home from work on Wednesday afternoon when he decided to play Powerball at the the Handy Mart on North Breazeale Avenue in Mount Olive. The couple learned of their big win on Thursday morning after checking their numbers on the lottery's website.

"We've been pinching each other all day," said Valerie, who works as an insurance agent. "We're paying everything off. The house, the car, the boat..everything. I'm so excited."

After state and federal taxes were withheld, the Murphys received a check for $692,500.

"This just isn't the sort of things that happen to average folks like us," Robert said as the couple collected their winnings. "Not only does it give us a lot of relief, but now we get to do some traveling as well. We're going to go somewhere we've never been before and stay for a while."
   
 
Falls Church man buys million-dollar winning ticket in Woodstock
Chay Nguyen drives a lot for his work. When he stopped for gas at Woodstock Sunoco on West Reservoir Road in Woodstock, he decided to play Powerball. That turned out to be a million-dollar decision.

The Falls Church man matched the first five numbers in the January 24 Powerball drawing to win $1 million. The winning numbers were 16-19-20-29-33, and the Powerball number was 10. The only number he didn't match was the Powerball number. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

He said he doesn't expect the prize to change him.

"I don't get too excited," he said as he claimed his prize.

Had he matched that Powerball number, he would have won a jackpot estimated at $230 million. His ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in that drawing and one of just ten nationwide.

He's not the only winner. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
   
 
Worcester co-workers win $1 million in Powerball
Jason Crozier of Spencer and 10 of his co-workers at a Worcester credit union are the winners of a $1 million prize in the multi-state Powerball game drawing held Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Crozier and several of his co-workers made the trip to the Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Braintree to claim their one-time payment of $1 million (less taxes) in style, arriving in a limo bus. Crozier intends to use his winnings to pay student loans and bills.

The group’s winning Quic Pic ticket was purchased at Price Chopper, 2 Worcester Road in Webster. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus on the sale.
   
 
North Reading man scores on 'Power Play'
Joseph Amato, Jr. of North Reading is the winner of a $2 million Powerball prize, having matched the first five winning numbers while playing the Power Play option in the multi-state game's drawing held Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Amato, Jr. was joined by his girlfriend Rose Sylvain at Massachusetts Lottery headquarters in Braintree on Tuesday, January 20 to claim his $2 million prize (less taxes). He plans on using his winnings to assist his parents and to purchase a condominium.

His winning ticket Quic Pic ticket was purchased at Richdale, 357 Middlesex Avenue in Wilmington. The store will receive a $20,000 bonus for its sale.
   
JOHNSTON COUPLE CLAIMS $1 MILLION POWERBALL PRIZE FROM NEW YEAR'S EVE
A Johnston couple claimed a $1 million Powerball prize on Friday that had helped them end 2014 on a definite high note.

Friedel and Michele Djordjevic won their prize in the Powerball drawing on New Year's Eve. Friedel Djordjevic, 57, who bought the $1 million-winning ticket, said he realized that night that they’d hit it big. He said he worked until late at his job at a Newton company that builds wind towers, then decided to check his ticket when he got home.

"I looked at it and then I looked at it several times and said, 'Oh, that can’t be right,'" he said. "I looked at it again and when I was pretty sure it was right, I woke Michele up and said, 'I think I won the lotto.' She said, 'Oh, get the heck out of here.'"

Michele Djordjevic, 53, who works at a West Des Moines homebuilding company, said that in her own defense, her husband is known for being a jokester, and she was still half asleep when he shared the big news.

"I got up and I went in there and looked at it," she said. "And I didn’t have on my glasses, so I went back, got my glasses, came back and looked again. And the numbers matched all up. What do you do from there? You just kind of sit there. You’re just dumb-founded."

The couple said they then put the ticket in a fire-proof box and began planning what they would do with their winnings, as they wanted to ensure they were making careful decisions. They said they plan to put money away for retirement, buy a new home, pay bills and share with their adult children. Friedel, who is originally from Germany, said they also plan to take some trips there to visit friends.

"I’m sorry it’s not more exciting," Friedel said with a laugh. "We don’t live a lavish lifestyle. We just work hard and try to get there."

Friedel Djordjevic purchased the $1 million-winning ticket at Casey's, 6110 Merle Hay Road in Johnston. The couple came within one number of winning at least a share of the $120 million jackpot in the Dec. 31 Powerball drawing, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball.

Casey's received a $1,000 bonus from the lottery for selling the $1 million-winning ticket at one of its stores.
   
 
Fremont County Family Claims $2,000,000 Winning Powerball Ticket
The largest winning Powerball ticket ever sold in Fremont County, Idaho, also became the fiftieth million dollar or higher winning ticket in Idaho Lottery history when the Grende Family of Teton claimed their $2,000,000 winning ticket, sold for last Saturday night's Powerball draw.

Don and Pam Grende buy Powerball tickets with the PowerPlay for each draw once a month from the only Idaho Lottery retail location in their home town of Teton, the Go-C-Goe. On Tuesday morning, Pam was reading the local paper and saw there was a $2,000,000 Powerball winning ticket sold in Fremont County.

Pam checked her tickets and then called to her husband Don to share the news with him.

"I just about fell over," said Don.

"This just isn't real," exclaimed Pam.

Together with their sons, Dave and Dallas Grende, Pam and Don claimed their $2,000,000 winning Powerball ticket from the Idaho Lottery on Friday, January 2, 2015. The ticket was split equally between the four winners.

The family has lived in and around Teton for nearly four decades. Pam and Don are retired, with Dallas and Dave considering joining them after the win.

"This is a good start," said Dave when he received his check.

For their part in selling the winning ticket, the Go-C-Goe in Teton receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $25,000.
   
 
WEST VIRGINIA MAN WINS $2 MILLION PLAYING POWERBALL
West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave introduced David Tefft of Parkersburg as the state's latest winner of a $2 million Powerball prize at a press conference in Charleston, Tuesday.

"We could not be more excited for Mr. Tefft," Musgrave said. "Calendar year 2014 was a record setting year for West Virginia Lottery players with an incredible 13 tickets valued at $1 million or more sold in our state from the popular games of Powerball and Mega Millions, and we hope that good luck streak continues here in 2015."

Tefft purchased his lucky ticket, which matched five numbers from the December 20th Powerball drawing, at the Mini Giants 2 in Williamstown. He paid an extra $1 for the Powerplay option, thus his prize of $1 million was automatically increased to $2 million for matching the five numbers. Mini Giants 2 will receive a sales bonus of $10,000 for selling the ticket.

"I went online to check my numbers on Sunday morning and could not believe it. I actually had the numbers on my ticket in the order they were drawn and I only missed the Powerball number," Tefft said. "I did not realize the prize structure had changed a few years ago so I thought I won just $250,000 and it was not until I called one of my sons later, and asked him to double check, that I found out I actually had won $2 million."

Tefft, who plays the lottery regularly, said he considers playing the lottery an investment in West Virginia.

"This is not gambling," Tefft said. "This goes to senior citizens, tourism and schools. The West Virginia Lottery does a lot of good in this state, a whole lot of good. So playing is not a gamble, it's just an investment in the future of West Virginia."
   
 
Colorado Player increases his prize with Powerplay
Kenneth Tysever won $50,000 using Powerball with Powerplay on July 31, 2014.
   
 
New York Player wins $1,000,000
Ronald Arnstein won $1,000,000 playing Powerball on September 4, 2014.
   
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