EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — An East Liverpool couple’s hunch that led them over state lines paid off to the tune of $1 million in this week’s Powerball.
Steven Wilson and his wife, Nancy, normally play the Ohio lottery. But when the Powerball jackpot reached $1.5 billion, they decided to take another approach.
“My wife and I were talking about how it seems like West Virginia is a lucky state, so we decided to buy all of our tickets for Wednesday night’s Powerball in West Virginia,” Wilson told West Virginia Lottery officials. “It paid off.”
Wilson, who works for a Pittsburgh-based company, bought the ticket at a Chaney’s Service Station in Chester, West Virginia.
Wilson matched the first five numbers and missed the Powerball.
Wilson says he plans to use the winnings to pay off student loans, provide for his mother and purchase a new home.
“I still can’t believe it,” he said. “Some things just work out. I do plan to keep on working and doing what I am doing. First we will pay off our student loans. My father passed away not long ago, and this will allow us to take care of some things and allow us to take care of my mother and really help us.”
The couple was among 88 people in the country who won $1 million in Wednesday’s drawings. Three winning $1 million tickets were sold in Ohio, including one at Towers News here in Cleveland.
Three tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee matched all six numbers; those winners will split the record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot.