Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave introduced Mary Carr of Barboursville as the latest West Virginia Lottery $1 million winner at a press conference in Charleston on Friday.
“My husband (Harold) and I have played the lottery probably for 30 years,” Mary said. “I was cooking breakfast yesterday morning and he was checking the numbers in the newspaper. He said he thought we won and his hands were just shaking. We still can’t believe it.”
Musgrave says that two match 5 tickets were sold for last Wednesday’s drawing. Mary and Harold purchased their lucky ticket at the One Stop #3516 at 1413 U.S. Route 60 in Huntington, while the other ticket was sold at the Julian Mini Mart in Julian (Boone County)
Mary and her husband are both retired and she says they plan to use the money to pay bills.
This marks the first time that two Powerball® tickets worth $1 million each were sold at separate locations for the same drawing in West Virginia.
Michael Shaver and Ronald Simmons, both from Weston, shared $14 million in winnings for matching five numbers with the Power Play® option seven times for the same drawing on March 5, 2012. However, all seven of those tickets were purchased at the same time and at the same location.
Terry Brumfield of Harts, who claimed his $1 million prize on Dec. 21, 2012, was the last West Virginia Powerball® match 5 winner.
Carr is the 53rd person to win or share a prize of $1 million or more in the West Virginia Lottery’s history (since 1986). The Julian ticket holder, who has not yet come forward, will be the 54th. Eight of those wins have occurred in the last 15 months.