As the Powerball jackpot was rolling to $495 million for the Saturday, March 16, 2019 drawing, John W. decided to buy a Powerball with PowerPlay ticket for a chance at the big prize.
That evening, John and his wife, Lisa, were watching the news for information about a fire that had broken out in their community. As they watched the newscast, the Powerball numbers flashed across the television screen, resulting in the unexpected news that John had won $1 million.
“There was a mix of emotion, instant tears and a lot of jumping up and down,” said John, a Philadelphia resident. “We live paycheck to paycheck and this is going to help out a lot.” John and his wife first called a close friend to share the news. The friend could not believe John won a prize that large.
He said the best part of winning is “the feeling” and plans to use a portion of his prize to pay off the mortgage to his house. Congratulations, John!
The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.