In a recent announcement the Georgia Lottery confirmed a man from Savannah has claimed a $1 million prize from the July 9, 2014 US Powerball drawing.
Registered nurse, David Bramble, 42, came forward on October 21, and admitted to lottery staff the winning ticket had spent over three months laying forgotten inside his car.
"I had these tickets that were sitting in my car," Bramble said.
Once the tickets had finally caught his eye, Brambles took them into a grocery store and began checking to see if any of them were winners. One of them was and when Brambles saw how many zeroes were involved it was an overwhelming experience for the father of four.
"I thought that I must've won a chunk of change. I didn't know that it was that much change," Bramble said. "I lost my composure for a couple of minutes in the store."
Brambles won his life-changing prize on a Quick Pick ticket purchased from Publix Super Market on Abercorn Street in Savannah. It matched all five of the main numbers drawn on July 9, but not the Powerball. If he'd matched the Powerball as well he would have taken a half share of the $122 million jackpot.
The Georgia Lottery presented Brambles with his check last Wednesday. He and his wife Tanyka have no definite plans for the money.
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). The next drawing is on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. The estimated jackpot is $178 million.