One very lucky Powerball player from Virginia has managed to win $1 million after admitting that in fact he doesn’t buy lottery tickets too often. James Moren collected his prize this past weekend and has a bit to say about the amazing winning experience. Read all about it here.
James is from Gloucester, Virginia, and told lottery officials this weekend as he collected his prize winnings that he isn’t a regular buyer of lottery tickets for the popular multi-state lottery game. When asked as to why he chose to buy tickets for his particular draw, he said that it was because he saw a huge line of other lottery players at his local grocery store.
At the time, James was at the store buying his groceries for the week, when he saw customers kicking up a fuss and lining up for a chance to win the massive nine-figure Powerball jackpot prize. He saw all the customers in the line and thought to himself, “I should give myself a chance as well.” It was the best decision he could have made at the time because he ended up with the same good fortune as another first-time Powerball player!
“I just had to take a swing at it,” he told Powerball officials in Virginia. The prize he collected was for the Powerball draw that took place on the 26th of September. James managed to match five main numbers and get himself into the second prize tier, earning him an instant $1 million just a week after another Powerball player in Virginia won $2 million.
“I couldn’t believe it at first,” he said with regards to the moment he realised he had won the second prize in the lottery game. He added further: “My only concern was keeping that little piece of paper that would change my destiny forever, very safe.”
James Moren was awarded his cheque worth $1 million from the lottery officials at the very same store in which he bought the winning ticket. The name of the store was “The Food Lion” on Hargett Boulevard in his hometown of Gloucester. The store also got something out of this good fortune. The store received a bonus of $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.
James matched the following numbers:
23-31-42-50 and 57, just missing out on the Powerball number of 5. Only a week after the drawing took place, the $310 million Powerball jackpot was finally won by a single mystery ticket holder in Michigan.
James Moren said that he will be using his winnings on setting up a college fund for his son.
Later this week, the Powerball lottery will be drawn under new rules for the very first time in years. The differences have been introduced in o0rder to create faster-growing jackpots, and give players more chances of winning big. Some of the consolation prizes have also risen in value.
Are you feeling the power of Powerball? If so, it’s a sign that you should be playing for the massive €45-million draw. If you’re having trouble deciding on lucky numbers, then visit our Powerball results page to get some inspiration.
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