James Moren III of Gloucester doesn’t play the Lottery very often. But when he stopped to buy groceries and noticed other customers lining up for a chance at the Powerball jackpot, he decided to get in the game.
“I had to take a swing at it,” he said.
That swing turned into a home run when his ticket ended up matching the first five numbers in the September 26 Powerball drawing to win $1 million.
I couldn’t believe it at first,” he said. “My only concern was keeping that little piece of paper safe.”
He bought the winning ticket at Food Lion, 7465 Hargett Boulevard in Gloucester. On September 30, he returned to the store to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. Food Lion received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
The winning numbers for that drawing were 23-31-42-50-57, and the Powerball number was 5. Mr. Moren’s ticket matched every number except the Powerball number. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.