Norma Chhaunkar of Leesburg thought she'd won $250,000 when she showed her Powerball ticket to her husband.
"She was gasping," he said.
But she was wrong. The ticket wasn't worth $250,000 ? it was worth $1 million.
Ms. Chhaunker matched the first five numbers in the March 16 Powerball drawing. She bought the winning ticket at Sheetz, 915 Edwards Ferry Road in Leesburg. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.
The winning numbers for that drawing were 3-7-21-44-53 and the Powerball number 16. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number.
"You only hit five," her husband joked. "Why didn't you hit six?"
Had the ticket matched that sixth number, it would have won an estimated $216 million jackpot.
Ms. Chhaunkar received her check from Virginia Lottery officials at the Lottery's Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge. Lottery officials also presented Sheetz with an oversized check representing the $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
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