1 In 5 Million
North Carolina Man Beats Odds To Claim $1 Million Lotto Prize
HARRISONBURG — A North Carolina man’s pit stop last week in Rockingham County paid off in a big way.
Glenn Petke, of Stoneville, N.C., came forward Monday to claim his $1 million prize in Wednesday’s near-record Powerball drawing, which had a jackpot of $587.5 million.
Petke bought tickets at the Mr. B’s Welcome Center on U.S. 11 off Interstate 81’s Exit 251 as he traveled to Connecticut to visit family, according to a news release from the Virginia Lottery.
His winning ticket matched the first five numbers of the drawing, 5-16-22-23-29, but missed the Powerball number, 6.
It was one of 66 $1 million tickets sold in the multistate Powerball lottery for Wednesday’s drawing. The odds of winning $1 million are 1 in 5.15 million. Three others were sold in Virginia: one each in Arlington, Daleville and Richmond.
Aecha Lim, owner of the Mr. B’s Exxon gas station, had expected the person who bought the winning ticket to be a local, as she estimates about 70 percent of her customers are.
For selling the ticket, Mr. B’s will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.
Petke told lottery officials he won’t take his winnings and retire from his job as a superintendent for a contracting firm.
He plans to pay off his mortgage and continue to play the lottery in both North Carolina and Virginia, as he lives near the border.
“I cover all bases,” he told lottery officials, according to the press release.
Wednesday’s drawing generated much buzz as the jackpot swelled past a half-billion dollars in the eight-week span when no tickets were sold matching all six Powerball numbers.
The more tickets that are sold — and sales jump when there’s a big payout — the greater chances are at least one ticket will beat the odds of 1 in about 175 million of hitting the jackpot. The $587.5 million payout was the second-largest American jackpot, lottery officials said.
In Wednesday’s drawing, two tickets were sold matching all six numbers, one in suburban Phoenix and the other in Missouri. Mark and Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Mo., came forward on Friday to claim their half of the prize.
The Arizona ticket’s owner hasn’t been named.
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