'I always play Power Play', Elizabethtown woman maximizes Powerball win

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December 20, 2023

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.