For nearly five weeks, Enrico Pelausa had a million-dollar secret. The Manassas Park electrician had a Powerball ticket that matched the first five numbers, making it worth $1 million.
However, instead of coming forward and claiming the prize immediately, Mr. Pelausa took his time, getting financial affairs in order. When he finally presented his ticket to Virginia Lottery officials, he had a simple explanation for beating the odds:
"I guess I just got lucky," he said.
Mr. Pelausa bought the ticket at In & Out Mart, 9103 Mathis Avenue in Manassas, for the July 8 Powerball drawing. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.
The winning numbers were 8-10-29-40-59, and the Powerball number was 26. His ticket was the only one in the nation to match the first five numbers in that drawing. When he checked the winning numbers for that drawing, he had a hard time believing his luck.
"I had to look at the ticket over and over and over and over," he said. As for his winnings, he said he plans to "stash it away for retirement."
Meanwhile, the store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
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