When Benjamin Pendergrass checked his phone's text message for the winning numbers from Saturday night's Powerball drawing, he did a double take. Then a triple take. Once he realized his ticket matched five of the six winning numbers, he and co-workers on the late shift "started dancing all around!" It's easy to see why: His lucky ticket, purchased at Wells Market in Erin, Houston County, was worth $2 million.
"It was hard to believe," said Mr. Pendergrass, who lives in Erin and works nearby at Tennessee Valley Authority. "When I started realizing I had matched more than a couple numbers, I was just happy I would win something. I couldn't believe it when the numbers kept matching, right on up until the Powerball."
Matching the five white ball numbers begins as a $1 million prize. Since he added the Powerball "Power Play" option for an extra dollar, the prize was doubled.
Needless to say, Mr. Pendergrass and his wife Lori, who came to the Lottery's Nashville headquarters this morning to claim the prize, are thrilled at their good fortune. Initial plans include paying off their mortgage.
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