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Decision To Buy Ticket Nets Lexington Woman $1 Million

Posted at 3:28 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 15:28:03-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) -The winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million sold in last Wednesday’s drawing has been claimed.

A Lexington woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, has come forward with the winning $1 million Powerball ticket from the Wednesday, Oct. 17 drawing.

While on her lunch break, the Lexington resident went to the Minit Mart on Leestown Road on the Friday before the drawing.

Later that evening, while at dinner it came up in conversation that the Minit Mart had sold a million dollar winning ticket.  “I bought my ticket there,” she said.

Next, she took her ticket out of her purse and pulled the winning numbers up on her phone, when she discovered she’d matched the five white ball numbers from last Wednesday’s drawing.

The winning ticket missed having the Powerball number to win the estimated jackpot of $345 million.

“I wanted to tell everyone in the restaurant that I‘d won,” she said.  “I was so excited.”  She thought better of it and began making plans to claim her prize.

“It’s surreal.  It feels like a dream,” she told lottery officials when asked about winning.

“I never win anything,” she said.

After taxes, she walked out of lottery headquarters with a check for $710,000.  “I want to pay off student loans and get out of debt,” she told lottery officials.

The Minit Mart will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Tonight’s third largest Powerball jackpot is up for grabs.  It is an estimated $620 million, with a cash option amount of $354.3 million.  Powerball tickets are $2 per play and can be purchased until approximately 10:00 p.m. ET tonight.