Bathroom break turns into $50,000 Powerball win for two Louisville friends

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December 30, 2023

Two Louisville men were headed back from seeing a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert in Cincinnati when a chance stop turned out to be their ticket to $50,000. Michael Brown and Steve Conley stopped in Verona, KY for a bathroom break on the way home when they noticed the high Powerball jackpot.

“I normally don’t even play, but for some reason, I decided I wanted a Quick Pick. So he's like, ‘well, I'll buy one too.’ I said, ‘dude, we'll split it,’” said Brown.

The next day, Conley and Brown were waiting in line to get into the flea market when they remembered to check the ticket.

“He pulled out his phone, looked at it, and he started shaking,” said Conley.

The two men had matched the first 4 numbers and the Powerball on the December 30th drawing, to win the $50,000 prize.

“I just took the ticket, put it in my pocket, and kept my hand on it. I told him, ‘there’s no way I can concentrate on buying junk when I’ve got $50,000 in my pocket’,” said Brown.

Brown went home and buried the ticket in his safe until they could claim the prize.

The two men came to Lottery headquarters the following Tuesday to claim their prize. They told lottery officials they plan to use the money to recover from Christmas gifts and then put the rest into savings.

“The only thing that would have made it better was if he hadn't been with me,” joked Brown.

Verona Hop Shop on Verona - Mudlick Road, where the winning ticket was sold, will receive $500 for selling the winning ticket. 

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