As a retired electrician, George Johnson knows a thing or two about power. Now, he also knows all about Power Play. That's how the Charles City man won $100,000 in the May 7 Powerball drawing.
"I never expected to be this lucky," he said as he claimed his prize. "I don't think I was this nervous when I got married!"
Mr. Johnson matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally, that would win $50,000, but he spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought the ticket. The Power Play number for that drawing was 2x, which doubled his prize to $100,000.
He bought the winning ticket at Fas Mart, 338 East Williamsburg Road in Sandston.
He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.
Mr. Johnson said his winnings will help make his retirement a little more comfortable. He said he'll save this money as his "ace in the hole" in case unexpected expenses arise.
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