Eden Clark UPDATE 7/16/18 2:50PM
West Virginia's newest millionaires were introduced Monday morning.
Robert and Mary Thomas received their big check for $2 million from the West Virginia Lottery.
According to Lottery officials, Robert bought a quick pick Powerball ticket with the Power Play option. His ticket matched five numbers from the drawing on July 11.
The winning ticket was purchased at the Fas Check on Campbell's Creek Drive in Charleston. Fas Check will receive a 1 percent selling bonus of $20,000.
At Lottery Headquarters in Charleston Monday, Robert said he was in shock.
“When I got home, I told my wife I forgot what I went to the store for because they told me I won $2 million,” Thomas said. “I’ll pay some bills with it, but its security for my wife. We’ve both worked hard all our lives and we both have health issues now so this will help.”
Only two other tickets in the country matched five numbers on this drawing. Out of the three winners, Robert was the only one who did the Power Play which doubles the prize from $1 million to $2 million.
“Dave [David Eicher, the store owner] tried to convince me that I won, but I didn’t know whether to believe him or not,” Thomas said. “Then once I realized I did win, I was sure glad I paid the extra dollar for the Power Play option because that made a big difference.”
The winning numbers were 19-21-27-46-47 and the Powerball was 7.
There was no jackpot winner on Wednesday or Saturday. The Powerball jackpot is now at $110 million. Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is at $375 million.
This is a streak of good luck for Robert who was one of 25 people earlier this year to win a spot on next January's Power Cruise. He won that by buying tickets with the Power Play option and submitting them online in second-chance drawings.
“It definitely pays to play with the Power Play,” Thomas said. “We’ve never really been out of West Virginia on a trip like that. We have both worked hard are whole lives and really appreciate this. I had joked with the store owner of the Fas Chek when I won the cruise that I wish it was money instead, and now this. I am definitely going to buy a Mega Millions ticket for tomorrow night and a Powerball one for Wednesday.”
ORIGINAL STORY 7/12/18 4:05PM
According to the West Virginia Lottery, one lucky winner who purchased a Powerball ticket in Charleston has won $2 million.
That ticket matched five numbers from the drawing on Wednesday, July 11.
It was one of only three tickets to get five matching numbers for this drawing.
Nobody won the jackpot and that has now reached $100 million for next Saturday's drawing.
The winner of that $2 million prize is advised to contact the West Virginia Lottery and sign the back of that ticket immediately.
The store that sold that ticket will be announced later Thursday.