West Columbia woman misses Powerball jackpot by 1 number, but wins $1 million | Community Spirit
WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - When a West Columbia woman won $200,000 playing Powerball three years ago, she told her husband, “We’ll never win again.”
He woke her up Wednesday night to tell her she was wrong.
Unable to sleep, her husband got up and checked his Powerball ticket and recognized the winning numbers as the family birth dates his wife plays. He found her ticket and saw where she matched the first five numbers (1, 5, 10, 15, and 49 PB: 22), one number short of the jackpot.
She overcame odds of more than 1 in 5 million once more to win Powerball’s second best prize. That prize was $200,000 in 2010 when she won, but today it’s $1 million!
“He told me to get up and look at the ticket, but I told him I can’t see, I don’t have my glasses on,” she said.
He fetched her glasses and the realization she was a millionaire kept her awake for the rest of the night.
The retired couple paid off their house and saved a good bit of the first win, but they are enjoying this one. His and her cars and a new house are at the top of their wish list.
Had she spent the extra $1 for PowerPlay, the $1 million prize would be twice that.
“We aren’t greedy,” said the husband. “We’ll hit the big one before we go.”
The couple bought the winning ticket at Bobb's Food and Fuel at 4325 Mineral Springs Rd. in Lexington. The store received a commission of $10,000 for selling the claimed ticket.
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