Stephen Parks of Auburn matched four numbers and the Powerball from the August 2 drawing, winning $50,000. He bought a single $2 play and chose to let the machine pick his numbers.
It wasn't until Parks went to the store where he bought the ticket that he found out. The clerk said, "We think you have a Powerball ticket for $50,000." Parks said, "Are you serious." The store was able to narrow down who bought the winning ticket from surveillance video.
Parks doesn't play lottery on a regular basis but especially likes to play when the jackpot is over $100 million. "While I was in line I saw the jackpot amount on the lottery monitor and figured why not buy a ticket," Parks told lottery officials.
"This is surreal," Parks said. He and his wife are expecting their first child in October and said winning couldn't have come at a better time.
Bernice Haywood of Frankfort, KY was surprised when she found out she'd won $50,000 playing Powerball instead of $10,000.
Haywood checked her ticket Wednesday night after the August 2 drawing and after matching four numbers and the Powerball thought she had won $10,000. Haywood had referred to an old Powerball brochure she had which stated the game's third prize was $10,000. Changes were made to the Powerball game in October 2015 increasing the match four and the Powerball prize to $50,000.
"I was happy with $10,000 but I'm thrilled with $50,000," Haywood told lottery officials.
Haywood enjoys canning so she and her husband plan to build an addition on to their house for kitchen equipment with the winnings.
Phillip McCord, of Ewing, KY, along with family, made the trip to Louisville earlier today to claim a winning $50,000 Powerball ticket from the August 9th drawing.
McCord stops off at Blue Licks Grocery in Ewing every morning to visit with friends but to also get draw results for the game he played the night before. While comparing his Powerball ticket to the printout of the winning numbers the clerk gave him, he realized he'd matched four numbers and the Powerball. McCord figured he'd won a nice prize but wasn't exactly sure how much until he got to the lottery office.
"So, how much did I win," he asked Jennifer Cunningham, Kentucky Lottery Communications Specialist. "How's $50,000 sound?" she replied. "Real good, I'll take it," McCord said.
McCord will normally buy one ticket each day for the game drawn that night. But, as he was walking out of the store last Wednesday, he asked the clerk to give him another ticket. "I just had a feeling, I can't explain it," he said.
McCord and his wife don't have any immediate plans for the money and say they'll put it in the bank for now.
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