Feb. 18, 2014 – West Virginia Lottery officials have a lot of $1 million checks to write after the past week of Powerball and Mega Millions drawings.
While everyone else in the nation is hoping to hit the $400 million Powerball jackpot, three lucky winners in West Virginia became millionaires over the course of one week.
A ticket sold for the Saturday, Feb. 8 Powerball matched all five white numbers drawn, winning a $1 million prize that was claimed Tuesday by “The Beckley 27”.
Represented by Diana Slone and Lisa Stadelman at the Lottery offices today, “The Beckley 27” are a group of co-workers who missed the jackpot by one number – literally – in the Feb. 8 drawing.
“We matched every number on the ticket, except for the Powerball, and we were only one digit away from winning the jackpot,” Stadelman told Lottery officials during a press conference.
The Powerball that Saturday night was 29; the group had 28.
Last Wednesday, West Virginia Lottery history was made when another $1 million Powerball prize was won. It was the first time that the Lottery had back-to-back $1 million Powerball wins.
That prize, sold in Wheeling, W.Va., has yet to be claimed.
The third millionaire in the recent lucky streak to hit the state was Randy Brown, who won his $1 million prize on the Feb. 7 Mega Millions drawing.
Even if you don’t match the red Powerball Wednesday night, you could still be a new millionaire, so check your tickets carefully (or save them into your LotteryHUB app and we’ll check them for you) – Powerball has made an average nine millionaires per week since 2012!