West Virginia is currently enjoying a triple triumph as three residents each won $1 million in just one week. The prizes have been picked up from both Powerball and MegaMillions tickets after the three winning ticket holders matched the five main numbers drawn, missing out on the jackpot by just one number.
The first $1 million win came on Friday 7th February when Randy Brown, a retired truck driver from Man, West Virginia, matched the five main numbers in the Mega Millions draw. Brown publically accepted his seven figure win last Tuesday at a press conference in Charleston; “It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” he said. “I didn’t find out until Saturday when I went to the store to check my ticket and I found out as the clerk did. It is unbelievable.”
Brown purchased his ticket from the C and L Super Serve store in Mallory, Logan County and the owner of the store will receive a retailer bonus of $10,000 for selling the winning ticket. Brown is the 63rd person in West Virginia to win a prize worth $1 million or more but isn’t as West Virginia Lottery is currently awaiting prize claims from both the 64th and 65th big winners.
Following Brown’s win, a second $1 million lottery prize was on Saturday, this time in the Powerball draw. The ticket was sold in the Beckley area of Raleigh County and again matched five of the main numbers drawn and was sold in the Beckley area of Raleigh County.
The 65th win also secured the second tier prize in the Powerball draw, this time on Wednesday 12th February. The winner is yet to come forward but lottery officials have identified the retailer as the Firehouse Marathon gas station on Wheeling Island. Again, the store’s owner will receive a $10,000 retailer bonus for selling the winning ticket.
The ‘rule of three’ indicates that, when things come in sets of three, they are inherently more satisfying than any other number and that’s certainly the case for West Virginians this week as they celebrate their run of good luck.