CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Steven Wilson was at a loss for words on Thursday afternoon when West Virginia Lottery officials presented him with a check for $1 million.
While he didn’t win the $1.5 billion Powerball Jackpot on Wednesday night, he still walked away a winner when he matched five of the winning numbers, only missing the Powerball.
Wilson, of East Liverpool, Ohio, purchased the ticket in Chester, after his wife came up with the idea that Ohio tickets are less likely to win.
“It just so happens that was a great idea and it worked,” Wilson said.
Chaney’s Service Station in Chester, will also receive $10,000 for selling Wilson’s winning ticket.
With his winnings, Wilson plans on paying off his student loans, help out his mother pay off his late father’s house, and purchase a home for his family. He said he will continue working as a Shipping Coordinator at a company based in Pittsburgh.
Wilson, who spent $400 on tickets, turned on the weather report Wednesday night and caught the ticket numbers at the bottom of the screen.
He said he hurried up and wrote it down then checked the numbers to his tickets. When he saw the matching numbers he was in shock…