Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave introduced the Gillispie family from Julian, W.Va., as the latest West Virginia Lottery $1 million Powerball® winners at a press conference in Charleston on Friday.
“I have been playing the lottery since the beginning,” Doug Gillispie said. “I always play the same numbers and I always buy my tickets at the Mini Mart in Julian.”
Doug, who is a retired coal miner, is splitting the winnings with his children – Chad Gillispie, Todd Gillispie and Tiffany Price. All of whom live in Julian.
Musgrave says that two match 5 tickets were sold for last Wednesday’s drawing. Mary and Harold Carr purchased their lucky ticket at the One Stop #3516 at 1413 U.S. Route 60 in Huntington, while the Gillispie family bought their ticket at the Julian Mini Mart in Julian.
Mary Carr of Barboursville claimed her $1 million check earlier on Friday.
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.
The Gillispie family win makes a total of 57 persons to win or share a prize of $1 million or more in the West Virginia Lottery’s history (since 1986). Eleven of those winners have been produced in the last 15 months.