A Virginia woman makes a mistake and ends up winning a million dollars in the litter, twice in one day. The odds of that happening, to win twice, is almost impossible for any lottery. Virginia Fike of Berryville, Virginia said she was planning on playing the same numbers in two separate drawings, one ticket for Powerball and one ticket for MegaMillions.
However, she didn’t realize until after she left the nearby Olde Stone Truck Stop that she had actually bought two tickets with duplicate numbers on both.
After realizing the mistake she figured she would just double her profits if she won. “I was like, ‘If I win, I win twice,'” she told the Northern Virginia Daily.
Then, she actually won two times when 5 of the 6 numbers she picked hit on the April 7th Powerball drawing. She won $1 million dollars for each ticket. “I’m in shock!” Fike said in a news release from the Virginia lottery.
“I picked numbers based on my parents’ anniversary and their ages at that time, divided by the year they were married,” Fike said in the statement. “I just love the jackpot games and I play when I can afford it.”
In all 14 tickets across the country matched 5 of the 6 numbers, and Fike was holding two of them lottery officials stated.
“It’s not that uncommon for people to buy tickets in games with the same number, but this is the biggest prize we’ve ever had in Virginia of two tickets in the same drawing,” Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty told ABCNews.com.
Fike, 44, was awarded her prize last Friday at the truck stop she bought them from, which after taxes equals $1.4 million. The truck stop was awarded a $20,000 bonus for selling two of the million-dollar tickets.
According to Fike she will be paying off bills with the money and looks forward to taking care of her parents with the rest.