(WRIC) — Like millions of Americans, Walter and Norma Hines of North Chesterfield were caught up in Powerball excitement as the jackpot grew and finally reached a stratospheric $1.5 billion.
Norma bought a ticket at the 7-Eleven at 4718 Jefferson Davis Highway in Richmond, using family birthdays to help her select her numbers. And it worked! Her ticket won $100,000.
When she discovered how much the ticket was worth, she gave it to her husband of 35 years.
The ticket matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number in the historic January 13 drawing. Normally, that would win $50,000, but she spent an extra dollar for Power Play when she bought the ticket, increasing the prize to $100,000.
However, the couple, expecting to collect $50,000, didn’t realize how much they’d won until they took the winning ticket to the Virginia Lottery’s Prize Zone in Richmond. When they were told that the ticket was actually worth twice that amount, they were shocked.
“She just about had a heart attack,” said the couple’s daughter Keondra.
Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. 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. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.