The first inkling Betty Cook had that she'd won a million dollars is when her daughter checked the winning numbers in the August 2 Powerball drawing. Those numbers were 12-26-44-46-47, and the Powerball number was 29. The Pelham, North Carolina, woman matched the first five numbers, missing only the Powerball number.
"You won, Mom! You won!" her daughter shouted.
Ms. Cook bought the winning ticket at Stop In Food Store, located at 2100 West Main Street in Danville. On August 7, she returned to the store to receive her check from the Virginia Lottery. The store also received a check for $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.
She used Easy Pick, letting the computer randomly select the numbers on her ticket. If she'd matched all six numbers, she would have won a jackpot estimated at $70 million.
Ms. Cook, who works in Danville, said she intends to use her winnings to pay bills and take care of her family.
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