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WV Lottery Announces Second $1 Million Winner; Tickets Purchased In Cabell, Boone
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Videographer: Bob Aaron
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Also Contributing: Tiersa Davis
Reported: Mar. 7, 2013 10:34 AM EST
Updated: Mar. 8, 2013 11:01 PM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
The second $1 million Powerball prize winner was introduced by West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave at a Friday press conference in Charleston.
Doug Gillispie of Julian, a retired coal miner, plans on splitting the money with his three children, according to a news release from the West Virginia Lottery.
"I have been playing the lottery since the beginning," Gillispie said. "I always play the same numbers, and I always buy my tickets at the Mini Mart in Julian."
West Virginia Lottery officials scheduled a Friday afternoon press conference to announce the second million dollar Powerball lottery winner.
The winning ticket was purchased in Julian in Boone County, and lottery officials said the winner would be announced at a 4:50 p.m. press conference at lottery headquarters. Earlier on Friday, a Barboursville woman, Mary Carr, and her husband were announced as the winners of the other $1 million prize.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates on this story.
A Barboursville woman and her husband won a million dollars in the Powerball lottery this week.
Mary Carr stepped forward to claim her prize Friday morning. Her ill husband could not attend the ceremony. She said she will use the money to pay bills. Lottery officials still have not located the buyer of the winning $1 million ticket purchased in Julian.
Natasha McCoy of Huntington said if she won a million dollars in the lottery, she already
has s a few ideas in mind on how to spend it.
"I would go on a shopping spree. I would probably travel. I would probably move, just so I could get a feel for a new area," McCoy said.
She also said she would reinvest some of it with her employer, Empire Books in Huntington.
What would you do if you hit the lottery? It could be the ultimate million dollar question. For two West Virginia winners, the question and answers are no longer hypothetical.
Two $1 million tickets were sold for Wednesday night's drawing -- one in Julian in Boone County and one at the One Stop on Route 60 in Huntington.
West Virginia Lottery spokesman Randy Burnside said it is always exciting when there is a million dollar winner, but "when you have two on the same night, that just adds to the excitement."
It's actually the first time the state has had two million dollar winners on the same drawing, in two different locations. In Cabell County, it's the first million dollar winner since the late 1980s.
So is is just a streak of early St. Patrick's Day luck?
Charles Masters of Huntington said some people may believe that, but not him. "I believe in fate. I believe things happen for a reason and a purpose," he said.
It seems the state is on a winning track. These two winners will make eight people who have won at least a million dollars from Powerball and Megamillions in the past 15 months.
"We're kind of on a lucky streak, and we'd like to see it continue," Burnside said.
Here are the winning numbers: 06-10-23-41-45. Burnside said if you've won, sign the back of the ticket and call the lottery office at 304-558-0500.
Two $1 million Powerball lottery tickets were sold in Cabell and Boone counties to some lucky winners.
The West Virginia Lottery confirms that the winning tickets were sold at the One Stop in Huntington and the Julian Mini-Mart in Julian.
The winning numbers for Wednesday's drawing were 06-10-23-41-45 and Powerball was 01. According to the lottery's website, the winners must match all five numbers without the Powerball to win the $1 million.
Randy Burnside with the West Virginia Lottery advises that the winners should sign the back of their tickets and contact the lottery office to claim their prize.
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