Florida woman comes close to sharing $399.4 million jackpot but still wins $2 million

Powerball-newsA woman has stepped forward to claim $2 million from the Powerball lottery draw on Wednesday 18 September.

Angeles Jones of Rockledge, Florida, matched the five main winning numbers 7, 10, 22, 32 and 35, while choosing to wager on the Power Play option to double her initial $1 million win. The fifty-five-year-old purchased her ticket from a local Roger’s Discount Beverage store, and her win also means a $5,000 commission bonus for the delighted retailer.

The Roger's Discount Beverage store where Angeles bought her $2 million-winning ticket. (image from Google Maps)

The Roger’s Discount Beverage store where Angeles bought her $2 million-winning ticket.
(image from Google Maps)

Angeles was just a Powerball number away from winning the $399.4 million jackpot, the fourth highest in Powerball history, which instead went to a man from Columbia, South Carolina, who chose not to be named. LotteryWorld readers will know of his lucky story – he was asked by his wife to pick up hotdog buns and visited a Murphy Express gas station in nearby Lexington. The store didn’t stock the bread so he bought $20 dollars’ worth of lottery tickets instead, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Two other players join Angeles in the $2 million winner’s club from the September 18 Powerball draw by also matching five numbers and wagering on Power Play.

One of these winners also hails from the Sunshine State and was sold in Pembroke Pines, while the other was bought in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, although lottery officials say both these winners have yet to come forward.

LotteryWorld urge all players to keep your ticket safe and, if you haven’t done so already, check your numbers as soon as possible as these Powerball prizes will expire after a year if they’re not claimed.

Florida enjoys some of the highest lottery sales by state across the US, and this is evident in the number of big winners. In May, Gloria McKenzie snared $590.5 million which is the largest ever US jackpot won to date by a single ticket.

With this Saturday’s double-rollover Powerball worth an estimated $60 million, non-Sunshine State residents will be hoping that Florida shares some of that precious lottery luck around the country!

Lottery players will also know that the Mega Millions has an estimated top prize of $173 million up for grabs, following seventeen consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.

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