December 2, 2010
$1 Million Ticket Claimed
The $1 million winning PowerBall® Power Play® ticket sold in Rhode Island for last night’s drawing has been claimed by a Cumberland man and his wife. The excited couple came into the Lottery thinking they won $600,000 and were shocked when they learned the actual prize was $1,000,000. Tears of joy started streaming down their faces as they tried to absorb the news of their good fortune.
The winner had been unemployed since January and they were worried about losing their house and didn’t think they’d be able to afford to have a Christmas, but now they can pay off their house and have the best Christmas ever. They have five daughters, one of which is a foster daughter who’s in the army and is coming home for Christmas, and one grandson. They want to try to wait to tell them until Christmas and then surprise them then. However, they don’t want to hold off on telling the winner’s parents, and they plan to surprise them with a check right after they go to the bank today. In addition to helping their parents, paying off the house, and having a memorable Christmas, the winner plans to buy a new truck for himself.
The winning ticket matched all five numbers except the PowerBall® number, winning the standard payout of $200,000, but because he wagered the extra $1 for the PowerPlay® option, he became a millionaire! He said he always plays Power Play®, and won $400 that way a few weeks ago.
This ticket was not a quick pick either. The winner actually dreamed these numbers some time ago and has been playing them ever since.
Cumberland Shell at 4120 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, sold him the winning ticket.