Imagine what it would feel like to have two slips of paper worth $1 million each. One Virginia woman no longer has to imagine. She knows first-hand. “I’m in shock!” said Virginia Fike of Berryville.
When Ms. Fike stopped at Olde Stone Truck Stop on Martinsburg Pike in Clear Brook a few weeks ago, she had her Powerball numbers ready and planned to buy two tickets. “I picked numbers based on my parents’ anniversary and their ages at that time, divided by the year they were married,” said Ms. Fike. “I just love the jackpot games and I play when I can afford it.”
After the winning Powerball numbers were drawn on Saturday, April 7, Ms. Fike was sitting in a hospital room keeping her mother company. She said, “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?’”
Funny? Maybe. Exciting? For sure!
“When I stopped to pick up The Washington Post for my mom to read, I had the clerk in the store check my tickets,” explained Ms. Fike. “All I knew then was that my tickets were worth more than the store could pay.” Yes, indeed, the tickets were worth more than the $600 prize retailers can pay. When Ms. Fike called the Lottery’s Shenandoah Valley Customer Service Center, that’s when she got the great news that her two tickets were worth $1 million each!
“I must be dreaming,” said Virginia’s newest millionaire. “I look forward to helping to take care of my parents and paying some bills.”
Lottery officials presented Ms. Fike with her $2 million prize on Friday, April 20, at noon at Olde Stone Truck Stop in Clear Brook. The store is also a winner, receiving a $20,000 bonus for selling those two winning tickets.