If the butcher shop hadn't been closed, friends from a Portland neighborhood might not be splitting $50,000 in Powerball winnings.
Barbara Healey and her neighbor and friend Erica Johnson decided they were going to try out a new butcher shop in Portland. So the two women, and Erica's mother-in-law, Shawna Johnson from Utah, piled in the car and headed out. When the shop was closed, they stopped at Uncle John's Market in Portland to get some Powerball tickets instead.
"We had no idea what we were doing, but the prize was so big we had to give it a try," Barbara said.
This week the Powerball jackpot grew to a record-breaking $1.6 billion, creating a buzz felt around the world. When the three women bought their ticket on Monday, they didn't think they had a chance of winning.
The three friends bought a $10 Powerball ticket, with quick pick, and matched four numbers and the Powerball. When they checked the ticket, they couldn't believe it.
"My family had planned a trip to Disneyland, now we are going to go all out," Erica said. "This is so much fun!"
Erica's mother-in-law, Shawna, said she couldn't wait to carry her over-sized check on the airplane for the trip back home.
"I'm going to be the most popular person on the plane," she said.
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