Locals feeling lottery luck in Marion, Monongalia Counties

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - "Something's in the air," said Jason Howell, the manager of Bell's 119 in Morgantown. "Something's in the water. Bring it on -- I hope it keeps going."

Bell's 119 on Grafton Road just outside Morgantown is the most recent convenience store to join the lottery fun.

After a winning ticket was sold at East Park Mart in Fairmont on July 6 and another at Circle K in Worthington on July 30, this is the most recent in Monongalia County.

5 News was able to speak with the manager of the store in Morgantown, who said this is an exciting time not just for their store, but also for the area having all of these recent winners. He said this is not the first time there has been a winner there.

"About four years ago, someone hit the million," Howell said. "We just put in one of those new lottery machines about four months ago."

The store had people coming in and out throughout the morning and afternoon. Some people were excited to hear their local convenience store had struck the big winner again, while some regulars are still waiting for their turn.

"I've won like 10 dollars, but that's about it," said Nick Justinger.

""It would be nice to catch one of these million dollar tickets like what's been coming around here quite often," said Jon Tucci.

How rare is this? A spokesman from the West Virginia lottery said there's no question this is an exciting time for North Central West Virginia, and the chances of winning in such a small state is impressive.

"It's just lucky chance," said Randy Burnside from West Virginia Lottery. "When you buy a Powerball or Mega Millions ticket no matter where you are in the state or in the country, you have just as much of a chance of winning as say someone in Los Angeles or New York City."

What would you do if you won the lottery? Some gave us their answers in the video at the top of the page.