Stafford woman wins $100,000 in historic Powerball drawing

(WRIC) — Debbie Taylor is definitely not what you’d call a regular lottery player.

“I think I’ve played less than ten times in my life,” the Stafford woman said.

But as the Powerball jackpot surpassed $1.5 billion for the January 13 drawing, and the jaw-dropping amount became the talk of the nation, she decided to get in the game and buy a few tickets.

That turned out to be a $100,000 decision.  One of her tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally, that would win $50,000, but Ms. Taylor spent an extra dollar for Power Play when she bought the ticket. The Power Play number for the January 13 drawing was 2x, which doubled her prize to $100,000.

“The numbers started to match, and I began to breathe hard,” she joked as she claimed her prize.

She bought the winning ticket at the Wawa located at 15 Eustace Road in Stafford. The winning numbers for that drawing were 4-8-19-27-34, and the Powerball number was 10. She selected the numbers on her ticket, rather than allowing the computer to pick them at random.

She said she has no immediate plans for her winnings, except to pay bills and maybe go out for a nice dinner.

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

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