A $2 million Powerball lottery winner could be in the Virginia town of Smithfield.
Virginia Lottery officials announced that a winning ticket for the Aug. 19 Powerball drawing was sold in the southeast Virginia community.
The lucky winner from the multi-state lottery purchased the ticket at Rushmere Station Food Mart. The convenience store is located at 4761 Old Stage Highway in Isle of Wight County.
If the winner is a Virginian, he or she will join some other recent big winners from the Old Dominion State.
Powerball winner’s winning numbers
The Smithfield ticket buyer used the winning lottery numbers of 13, 23, 47, 55 and 58. The soon-to-be millionaire, however, didn’t match the Powerball number of 23.
According to the Powerball website, the Smithfield winner was the only player on Aug. 19 to match all five numbers and earn a seven-figure prize.
Had the winner also matched the Powerball number, he or she would’ve earned the grand prize of approximately $22 million. After matching the first five numbers, the player had a 1 in 26 chance of matching that pivotal Powerball number.
As the seller of the winning ticket, Rushmere Station Food Mart receives $100,000 from the Virginia Lottery.
The odds of winning Powerball’s $1 million prize are 1 in 11,688,054 per play.
However, the Smithfield winner paid an extra dollar for the Power Play option. With Power Play, smaller winners see their winnings increase by various multipliers. However, in the case of the Smithfield buyer and other five-ball $1 million winners, the prize always simply doubles to $2 million.
Did you win the Powerball?
Are you the lottery winner, either for this drawing or maybe another one? First things first: Immediately sign the back of your ticket to establish ownership.
After all, you don’t want to become a cautionary tale in lottery lore due to a lost or stolen ticket.
Additionally, you have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. In this case, that claim date is Feb. 15, 2021.
When you’re finally ready to pick up the $2 million prize, contact the Virginia Lottery. You should also secure the services of a lawyer before doing so.
One special note to Virginia residents: Lottery winners whose prize tops $10 million can anonymously claim their prize. However, all other winners are made public via name and photo. That will include the winner who purchased the Smithfield ticket.
Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Sunday at 10:59 p.m. EST. The drawings are broadcast on TV stations throughout Virginia and stream on VALottery.com.
In a Powerball drawing, the first five numbers are chosen from a draw of 69 white balls. The Powerball number is then chosen from 26 red balls.
The odds to win the Powerball grand prize – by matching the five white balls and the red Powerball – are 1 in 292,201,338. Smaller prizes, including matching the Powerball only, start at $4.
Powerball is available in 45 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.