Staff Sergeants Nathan Sutherland and David Jenkins have played Powerball together for about the past year. For the March 23 Powerball drawing, with its estimated $320 million jackpot, they were joined for the first time by Sergeant First Class Robert Gallow.
One of their tickets matched the first five numbers, missing only the Powerball number, to win $1 million.
"We still can't believe it!" Sgt. Sutherland said as the three presented the winning ticket to Virginia Lottery officials.
They bought the ticket at Tobacco Zone, 5224 Oaklawn Blvd. in Hopewell. The winning numbers for that drawing were 17-29-31-52-53 and Powerball number 31. Sgt. Sutherland said they always play those same numbers, although they have no particular significance.
On March 26, they received their checks from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The three split the $1 million prize, with each receiving $333,333 before taxes. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
The three are members of Tango Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, U. S. Army Quartermaster School, Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia.
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