ALBUQUERQUE - Edgewood resident, David Chemistruck did not win the $700 million Powerball jackpot. But he is $2 million richer today. His Powerball ticket for the August 23 drawing matched the white ball numbers 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26. He matched all but the red Powerball number.
Normally, all five matching white ball numbers would result in a $1 million prize. However, Mr. Chemistruck paid an additional $1 for Power Play, which doubled his $1 million to $2 million. His significant other, Beth, often argued that Power Play was not worth the extra dollar. Today, she admitted she was wrong.
Mr. Chemistruck selected his lucky numbers. He used some of the numbers that his father, who recently passed away, always played and added others that were inspired by his dad - including his birthday. David purchased his ticket at Mr. Gas Mart in Edgewood, just a few hours before the drawing.
Later that evening, David and Beth checked his numbers online, using Beth's cell phone. He read the numbers and Beth looked at the results and told him if they were a match. She couldn't believe they had matched so many numbers and asked David if he had already seen the drawing results. He had not. Beth said the experience was not like the commercials she had seen where people jump and scream. Instead, she said they were silent, shocked, and kept looking at the numbers while uttering, "What?"
That was seven days ago. Today, as they leave the Lottery with a gigantic ceremonial check in hand, they are realizing their dream of building an adobe home.
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