On the winner of this week’s $2 million Powerball prize, from the Arkansas Lottery.
The winner of the $2 million Powerball ® prize from Wednesday’s drawing claimed it today at the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Claim Center in Little Rock. She is a Faulkner County resident and has elected to remain anonymous.
The Powerball jackpot for the next drawing was increased to $1.6 billion this morning, making it the largest national lottery jackpot in history. The drawing will be tomorrow night at 9:59 PM. Ticket sales close at 8:59 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at any lottery retailer or on the JackPocket app.
The winner didn’t hear the news that the winning ticket had been sold in Wooster until a friend called her yesterday and asked if she had checked her Powerball tickets.
“I was busy and forgot to check,” said the winner. “So I went to the lottery website and put the ticket next to the computer and I couldn’t believe it when I saw that five numbers (2, 11, 22, 35 and 60) matched. The first thing I said was “Thank you, Lord!”
The winner wins with her chosen numbers. They relate to the grandchildren and her birthdays and ages.
“My husband was harvesting soybeans so I waited to tell him the good news before I told anyone,” she said. “All I could do was pace the ground. However, it took about an hour for him to come home so I finally called my daughter.
Winner said she works from home and babysits her five-month-old grandson and has no plans to quit her job.
“I might buy a new farm truck, but most of it will go toward investing for our retirement,” she says.
She said she only bought the Powerball ticket at 6pm on the day of the drawing.
“I had to go to Wooster to get some things for dinner so I decided to get my lottery ticket. I filled out the playslip and gave it to the cashier. He tried to run it, but the machine jammed, and he had to reboot it. I was running late to church and almost left before getting a ticket. I’m sure glad I didn’t leave without it!