Like millions of people, Christina Robinson of Lorton felt the excitement of the May 18 Powerball drawing, with its record-setting $590.5 million jackpot. She was already in an office pool at work, but while shopping at the grocery store before the drawing, she decided to buy a few tickets on her own.
"It was on a whim," she later told Virginia Lottery officials.
One of those tickets matched the first five numbers to win $1 million.
"I was shocked," she said. "It was kind of freaky. I thought, 'this might be real!'"
She bought the ticket at Food Lion, 7760 Gunston Plaza in Lorton. On May 24, she returned to the store to receive her prize from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
The winning numbers were 10-13-14-22-52 and Powerball number was 11. She used Easy Pick and let the computer randomly select the numbers on her ticket. If she had matched just one more number, the Powerball number, she would have won a share of that record-setting jackpot.
Ms. Robinson, who works in a lobbying firm, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings, although there may be a nice vacation in future.
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