Winning the lottery is often described as a once-in-a-lifetime event. Well, for one lucky Virginia woman, it happened twice in one day.
Virginia Fike, 44, of Berryville, won two $1 million Powerball prizes with tickets bought on the same day, from the same store, for the same drawing, according to Virginia Lottery officials.
“I’m in shock,” Fike said after claiming her prize, about $1.4 million after taxes, on Friday.
According to Fike, who bought the tickets for the April 7 drawing, the bizarre win boils down to a simple mistake.
When she walked into the Olde Stone Truck Stop in Clear Brook, she was planning to buy one Mega Millions ticket and one Powerball ticket, but accidentally got two Powerballs with the same set of numbers, based on her parents’ wedding date.
“I was like, well, if I win, I win twice,” Fike said at a news conference on Friday. “What are the odds?”
Fike matched every number except the Powerball. Lottery officials said she is the first person to win two $1 million prizes in the same Powerball drawing.
Officials presented her with the check on Friday at the Olde Stone Truck Stop where she had bought the tickets. The store will receive a $20,000 bonus.
Fike said she wants to help take care of her parents and pay some bills.
“It still hasn’t sunk in,” she said after receiving her check. “It feels good, but it’s still like, someone’s gonna pinch me and I’ll wake up and this will all be a dream.”