Virginia Lottery Player Wins $1 Million After Purchasing Powerball Ticket By Mistake

Written By Cole Rush on April 5, 2024
Woman celebrating signifies a lucky winner of a Powerball jackpot in Virginia

Imagine falling into an open manhole and discovering oodles of buried treasure underground.

Or going on a school field trip and gaining superpowers from a radioactive spider bite.

Or trying to buy a Mega Millions ticket and accidentally purchasing a $1 million-winning Powerball entry.

Two of those scenarios are complete fantasy, while the latter is the honest truth for one lucky Virginia woman.

A million-dollar mistake

Virginia is one of just a handful of states that allows online purchase of lottery tickets. Most tickets, however, are sold at retail outlets in the commonwealth.

Miriam Long ventured to her local CVS to purchase a Mega Millions ticket. The jackpot was nearing the $1 billion mark, so Long wanted to try her luck at the $893 million prize.

But instead of getting a Mega Millions ticket, Long hit the Powerball button by accident, entering her in the March 18 drawing. She selected Easy Pick, which randomly selected the numbers 10-17-20-39-44 and a Powerball number.

That accident turned into a massive windfall for Long. Her ticket matched all five numbers, missing only the Powerball, to win $1 million.

The CVS that sold the winning ticket received a $10,000 bonus from the VA Lottery.

On discovering she won, Long recalls thinking, “My heart was pounding. … It’s overwhelming!” She also told Virginia Lottery officials that it was “the best mistake of my life!”

Powerball jackpot at $1.3 billion and rising

While Long collected $1 million, the Powerball jackpot continues to rise. As of this writing, the jackpot is at a whopping $1.30 billion.

The next draw is Saturday, April 6, at 11:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, Mega Millions recently awarded a jackpot of over $1 billion and reset. It now sits at $67 million.

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