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“The Beckley 27" Share $1 Million Powerball Prize


CHARLESTON, W.Va.– West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave announced the Lottery’s most recent $1 Million prize winners during a press conference in Charleston today.  The group claimed a $1 million prize for matching five numbers from the Saturday, February 8, 2014, Powerball® drawing.

Musgrave said the winners, now known as “The Beckley 27,”were represented by Diana Slone and Lisa Stadelman, two of the 27 lucky winners.  Slone said that she and most of the group were employees at the Beckley Register Herald that regularly pool funds to play both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot games.“Everyone in the group was not able to attend the press conference because we had to keep the newspaper up and running…and on schedule,” said Slone. 

Slone was actually the person selected to purchase the tickets for the group and was the first to learn of the big win.  “I checked our newspaper on Sunday and kept looking back at the paper and the ticket because I couldn’t believe we had won,”Slone said.  Slone said that she contacted Lisa to tell her about what she thought was a $100,000 win, just to find out that they had in fact won the $1 Million Match 5 prize.    

The winning ticket, purchased at RJ’s Dry Hill Merchants in Beckley, represents the second of two back-to-back $1 Million winning tickets sold in February.  “We matched every number on the ticket, except for the Powerball, and we were only one digit away from winning the jackpot,” said Stadelman. The winning Powerball number in the Saturday, February 8, 2014 drawing was 29, and they had 28.  Stadelman said that their group purchased 27 tickets for the Powerball drawing, and has already purchased tickets for tomorrow’s $400 Million Powerball jackpot.

Slone characterized her win as exciting, not just for herself, but for so many people who are sharing the money and can now do things they needed to do.  Both winners said that their co-workers have made plans for their prize winnings that range from paying off debt to donating money to charity.“I’m just so happy that so many people were able to win,” said Slone.  

Stadelman said that she and Slone were also part of another group of 31 employees from the newspaper who won and split a prize of $100,000 in 2002.  Each one of today’s 27 winners received a check for more than $25,000.

“This has been a very lucky month for West Virginia,” said Musgrave.“For the first time in Lottery history, we had $1 million winning tickets sold on back-to-back days.”  “The Beckley27” is the 64th persons to win or share a prize of $1 million or more in the Lottery’s history.  To date, the West Virginia Lottery still has two unclaimed $1 Million winning tickets – a MegaMillions Match 5 ticket from the December 17, 2013, drawing that was sold at the 7-Eleven in Belle; and a Powerball Match 5 winning ticket sold in Wheeling for last Wednesday’s drawing. 

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