If winning the Lottery once is great, then having two winning tickets in the same drawing is twice as great.
That’s what Ben Baker did. The Covington man bought a total of ten tickets for the March 4 Powerball drawing. Two of those tickets ended up matching four of the winning numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally, that would be a $50,000 prize. However, when he bought them, he spent an extra dollar on each ticket for Power Play®. Power Play® tripled each prize to $150,000, for total winnings of $300,000.
“I was really lucky!” he said as he received his big check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kelly T. Gee.
The winning numbers in that drawing were 10-16-18-40-66, and the Powerball number was 16. He bought his tickets at the Food Lion at 1005 South Craig Avenue in Covington.
Mr. Baker said he intends to use some of the winnings for home improvement and save the rest.
Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25.
All Virginia Lottery profits go to K-12 education in Virginia. Mr. Baker lives in Covington, which received more than $928,000 in Lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. In Fiscal Year 2022, the Lottery raised more than $779 million for K-12 education, making up approximately 10 percent of Virginia’s total K-12 school budget.
For a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page. For general information or to play games online, visit the Virginia Lottery’s website or download the Lottery’s app. Connect with the Lottery on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.
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