Amanda Evans only plays Powerball when the jackpot gets big. So, when the jackpot grew to an estimated $700 million for the August 23 drawing, the Midlothian woman decided it was time to get in the game.
She went to Wawa at 150 Pike View Drive in Midlothian to buy a ticket, selecting her numbers using family birthdays. When she discovered she had a dollar left over, she decided to use it for Power Play. That turned out to be a valuable decision.
She ended up matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally that would win $50,000. However, since the Power Play in that drawing was 4X, her prize was quadrupled to $200,000 because she had spent that extra buck.
The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4. When she checked the winning numbers the next day, she didn't immediately realize she'd won.
"I thought a couple of my numbers had come up," she said. "Then I did a double-take, and a triple-take."
Ms. Evans, who works as a bartender, said she and her significant other, Danny Mullaney, have no immediate plans for the winnings. "It's surreal," she said. "I'm taking pictures to prove it!"
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