RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – It was a million dollar morning for Leonard Jones, Virginia’s newest $1 million Powerball winner.
As the Richmond man sat down for his daily coffee and newspaper routine, he discovered his Powerball ticket matched the first five numbers from last night’s drawing. The only number he missed was the Powerball number, 6. The winning numbers were 23-29-37-60-64.
“I said, ‘Oh, me! Let me look again!’” he recalled. “Then I went and woke up my wife. I was shaking!”
And Jones wasn’t the only winner. The Virginia Lottery will give the store that sold the winning ticket, 7-Eleven at 3600 West Cary Street, a $10,000 bonus, too.
The odds of winning the $1 million prize are slim; 1 in 11,688,054 to be exact. And, Jones’ ticket was one of just three nationwide to match the first five numbers in Wednesday’s drawing and was the only one in Virginia. So far in 2016, he is one of seven Virginia Lottery players to win the $1 million prize.
Jones used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select his numbers. Had he gotten the Powerball number, he would have won an estimated $222 million jackpot.
Self-employed for nearly 30 years, the retired landscaper explained, “this will make my retirement easier.”
Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays just before 11:00 p.m. For more information on the Virginia Lottery, visit their website.