After winning a $1 million Powerball lottery, a woman in Virginia struck gold the second time running on the same day, Reuters reported.
Virginia Fike, a resident from Berryville, was in possession of two Powerball tickets from the fourteen winning ones that were entitled to $1 million each. This 44-year-old discovered her luck, while she was watching TV on one of her visits to her sick mother at the hospital.
I saw a scroll on TV about there being two $1 million winners, Fike said according to the news service. I looked at my mom and said 'Wouldn't it be funny if it was us?'
This incredibly lucky woman was handed a $2 million check on Friday at the OldeStone Truck Stop & Restaurant in Clear Brook from where she bought her tickets.
The NY Daily reported that Fike accidently purchased two tickets for the April 7 drawing bearing the same numbers, with one ticket initially meant for the Powerball lottery and the other for the Mega Millions sweepstake. Much to everyone's amazement, five of the numbers except the Powerball figure matched, and Fike was eventually awarded the $1 million prize twice.
I picked numbers based on my parents' anniversary and their ages at that time, divided by the year they were married, Fike explained, according to the publication.
She is reportedly the first to win two $1 million Powerball lotteries in the state and will claim $1.4 million after tax deduction. The jackpot was said to have climbed to $131 million for that week, Reuters said. However officials announced that no tickets have matched all six numbers drawn in the game.