A Lexington man presented his $1,000,000 Kentucky Lottery Powerball winning ticket that was sold in Lexington on August 31. However, it is the way he found out he won that grabs the headlines.
The winning ticket sold out at Crossroads IGA In Lexington’s Abagail way, match the first five numbers of the white ball to win the second prize in the game.
The winner told lottery officials that he had been picking the same numbers for years, consisting of a mix of family birthdays.
He only checks tickets for events, according to the Kentucky Lottery, and he had a batch of tickets going back to June when he recently sat down at night to review them.
“I went through about 40 tickets and got to the last five to see if I had any winners. I was looking at the numbers on my phone and when I suddenly saw the numbers I was always playing. I kept looking at the ticket and looking at the date, making sure it was correct. I leaned back on my couch, and then I started yelling for my family to check it out. They took the ticket, checked Google to see how much you won to match the five numbers to win the white ball and not the Powerball, and they told me we just won a million dollars. I kept asking myself – Am I dreaming?”
He chose to remain anonymous, which the Kentucky Lottery allows.
The winner had to go to work the next day but admitted that he had a hard time sleeping the night before he knew he was coming to the lottery headquarters to claim his prize.
Once at work, he took the time to watch the August 31 drawing on his phone just to make sure these were the numbers drawn. Later that afternoon, he drove to the lottery headquarters where he received a check for $710,000, after taxes. As for what he intends to do with the money, he said his family might consider buying a new home.
Crossroads IGA He will receive a reward of $10,000 for the sale of his winning Arsenal ticket.
Powerball is one of two multi-state lotteries. The other is Mega Millions.