An Elizabethtown woman, who wished to remain anonymous, is $2 million richer after a Kentucky Lottery Powerball ticket she purchased matched five numbers.
While the jackpot was an estimated $572 million for the December 20th drawing, she won the game’s second prize of $1 million by matching the five white ball numbers. She chose to add the Power Play feature for an additional $1 per set of numbers, doubling her winnings to $2 million.
“I’m so glad I did. I always play Power Play,” she told lottery officials.
The woman didn’t realize she had the winning ticket until she stopped at a store on her way home from work on December 23rd. “I scanned it and saw the number come up and it said, ‘see KLC’. I scanned it again and so I said, well, I guess that means I hit the five numbers but not the Powerball.”
“I was more like in shock. I put it [ticket] back in my purse and continued on with my business to get the next ticket.”
“I’m still soaking it in,” she added.
She told officials she put the ticket in a drawer and waited until after the holidays to cash it in.
The Hardin County woman showed up at lottery headquarters last Wednesday, where she received a check for $1,440,000 after taxes.
“It was a blessing in disguise,” she said.
She said she plans to use the winnings towards home renovations. “This gives me what I need.”
The Five Star on North Dixie in Radcliff, where the winning ticket was sold, will receive $20,000.