A Virginia retiree had an Independence Day she won't soon forget after winning $1 million in Saturday's Powerball drawing.
Angela Leyco of Chester, Va. drove down to the Outer Banks on Friday to spend the holiday weekend with her daughter. Just as she crossed into North Carolina, she stopped at the The Border Station on Caratoke Highway in Moyock to purchase three tickets for Saturday's Powerball drawing.
On Sunday, after the fireworks had ceased, the excitement continued when she learned she'd matched all five white balls but not the red Powerball to win $1 million.
"We stopped at the same store and checked the ticket on our way back up to Virginia," Leyco said. "When the clerk showed me the winning numbers and said I'd won a million dollars, I couldn't believe it. I wanted to scream, but I just kept smiling until I got back to the car. I kept asking my husband to pinch me because I knew it had to be a dream."
Leyco, a retired human resources technician, collected a check for $692,500 after state and federal withholdings. Her lucky $2 ticket beat odds of 1 in 5.1 million to win.
"I've always wondered how it would feel to come to the lottery office to collect a big prize," said Leyco. "I don't have to wonder anymore. It feels wonderful. I'm going to pay some bills, spend some on my grandchildren and maybe take a trip to Italy."
Russell Hastings, the owner of The Border Station, said he was happy for Leyco and excited that the lucky ticket was sold in his store.
"It's a great feeling," Hastings said. "It's certainly gotten a lot of folks talking around here and more people are buying tickets. We're a lucky store now."
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