Woman wins $1M lottery twice

Published On: Apr 24 2012 11:42:41 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 24 2012 11:54:17 AM EDT

Virginia Lottery

A woman in Virginia said she's still in shock after winning $1 million in a lottery drawing twice in the same day.

Virginia Fike, of Berryville, said she picked up the two Powerball tickets a few weeks ago at an area truck stop, and actually made a mistake in the process. Instead of buying one ticket for Powerball and MegaMillions, she purchased two Powerball tickets with the same set of numbers: 5-13-17-20-30.

"I picked numbers based on my parents’ anniversary and their ages at that time, divided by the year they were married," Fike told lottery officials. "I just love the jackpot games, and I play when I can afford it."

After the winning Powerball numbers were drawn on April 7, Fike said she was sitting in a hospital room, keeping her mother company when they saw news that there were two $1 million winners.

"I looked at my mom and said, 'Wouldn't it be funny if it was us?'" Fike said.

Fike later picked up a newspaper and saw that her tickets matched five of the six Powerball numbers, but she was unsure just what her jackpot was worth.

So she had a clerk at a store check her tickets and found out her windfall was worth more than the $600 prize the retailer could pay.

After calling the lottery’s Shenandoah Valley Customer Service Center, Fike got the great news that her two tickets were worth $1 million each.

"I must be dreaming," Fike said. "I look forward to helping to take care of my parents and paying some bills."

Fike was presented with her $2 million prize on April 20 at the Olde Stone Truck Stop in Clear Brook. The store is also a winner, receiving a $20,000 bonus for selling the two winning tickets.

According to lottery officials, these are the third and fourth Powerball tickets in Virginia to win $1 million since the game changed in January. Before then, each ticket would have won $200,000 for matching the first five numbers.

The 44-year-old will take home $1.4 million after taxes.

At her prize presentation, Fike said, "It really just hasn't sunk in."

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