When David Vaughan saw on TV that someone had won $2 million with a Powerball ticket bought in nearby Palmyra, he thought, "Isn't that amazing?"
The Fork Union man didn't realize that the winning ticket was in his wallet at that very moment.
Mr. Vaughan matched the first five numbers in the March 4 Powerball drawing, missing only the Powerball number. Normally that would win $1 million. But he spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought his ticket. Power Play increased the prize to $2 million.
When he discovered he had the winning ticket, he didn't tell anyone at first. Then early the next morning, he told his wife.
"Are you kidding?" she shouted. "You hit that Powerball?"
Mr. Vaughan bought the winning ticket at E. W. Thomas Grocery in Palmyra. On March 11, he returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. The store also received a check for $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.
The winning numbers for that drawing were 8-12-15-35-50, and the Powerball number was 32. He used Easy Pick, letting the computer randomly select the numbers on his ticket. His ticket was the only one in the nation to win $2 million in the March 4 drawing. Six other tickets nationwide matched the first five numbers, but they didn't use Power Play like Mr. Vaughan, so they each won $1 million.
What does the retiree plan to do with his winnings?
"I'm going fishing," he said. "And I’m not going to tell you where."
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