Sunday, February 23, 2014

Big Win for Reluctant Powerball Player

A US Powerball winner from Taylors, South Carolina, claimed her prize this week and told lottery staff she never would have bought her ticket if her husband hadn't pushed her into it so they could have a chance at the advertised $425 million jackpot.

"I didn’t really want to buy one," she said, "but I handed him a dollar and he told me he needed $2 to get the ticket."

The winner's identity remains a secret, but her husband bought their ticket from the Li’l Cricket on Wade Hampton Boulevard.

On Thursday he called her at work and told her that someone in the area had won $1 million in the Wednesday night Powerball drawing. "It won’t be us," she told herself, but then she heard co-workers saying the ticket had been bought from the Li’l Cricket, so she rushed out to her car, found their ticket, and drove to the nearest lotto retailer to check their numbers.

The first five numbers matched those from the draw and the reluctant Powerball player now wishes she had given her husband an extra dollar for the PowerPlay. If she had they would have doubled their winnings to $2 million.

The big money prize from Wednesday's draw went to a Powerball player from California, who had the only ticket that matched all five numbers and the Powerball and won the entire $425 million Jackpot.

The winner has not come forward yet, but the winning ticket was bought at the Dixon Landing Chevron filling station in Milpitas, California, and the Singh family, who own the station, received a $1 million check on Thursday for selling a winning ticket.