Striking it rich by winning the lottery is a feeling most people will never experience. But a Virginia woman knows what it's like to win the lottery twice, in the same day.
Virginia Fike, of Berryville, Va., had two tickets that matched five of the six Powerball numbers in an April 7 drawing. Each ticket was worth $1 million.
"I'm in shock!" Fike said in a news release from the Virginia lottery.
While many people have their own methods when purchasing tickets, Fike had her numbers ready when she bought them at a truck stop in early April.
"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 release. "I just love the jackpot games and I play when I can afford it."
The jackpot for that drawing was at $80 million. However, nobody won the jackpot, but 14 people nationwide had matched five of the numbers. In order to win the jackpot the ticket holder has to match the five numbers and the sixth Powerball number.
Fike said she was in the hospital with her mother when the numbers were drawn.
"I saw a scroll on TV about there being two $1 million winners. I looked at my mom and said 'Wouldn't it be funny if it was us?'" she said.
Fike stopped by a convenience store where a clerk discovered her winning numbers. She won $1 million for each ticket, because, per Virginia state lottery rules, non-jackpot prizes matching part of the winning sequence are not split and can be won multiple times.
Fike was presented with a $2 million check on Friday April 20 at the truck stop where she purchased the tickets. She will receive $1.4 million after taxes.
Fike, who was required to come forward per Virginia state lottery rules, plans on taking care of her parents and paying some bills.
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