Winning the lottery once in a lifetime is pretty lucky. Winning the lottery twice in the same day? Virginia Pike is one of the few people that can describe that feeling.
The Berryville, Va., resident had two tickets that matched five of the six Powerball numbers in an April 7 drawing so that each ticket was worth $1 million.
“I’m in shock!” Fike said from the Virginia lottery.
In early April, Fike stopped at an Olde Stone Truck Stop in Virginia with her numbers ready and purchased two tickets.
“I picked numbers based on my parents’ anniversary and their ages at that time, divided by the year they were married,” Virginia Fike said. “I just love the jackpot games and I play when I can afford it.”
They married on May 13, when her mother was 17 and her father was 20. The winning numbers were 5-13-17-20-30.
Fike, who has lived in the same county her entire life, said she originally had planned to buy a Powerball and a MegaMillions ticket using the same numbers, but she mistakenly purchased two Powerball tickets.
The jackpot that week was at $80 million. In order to win the jackpot, the ticket holder had to match the five numbers and the Powerball number.
After the drawing, it was announced that no one had won the jackpot, but 14 people nationwide had matched five of the numbers and were entitled to $1 million prizes each. Two of the winning tickets were in Virginia.
Pike was in the hospital keeping her mother company.
“I saw a scroll on TV about there being two $1 million winners. I looked at my mom and said ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if it was us?'” she said.
When she stopped by a convenience store, Pike had the clerk check her tickets and she discovered that she had won both of Virginia’s $1 million prizes.
Per Virginia state lottery rules, winners split the jackpot, regardless of how many there are, but non-jackpot prizes from matching part of the winning sequence are not split and can be won multiple times.
“It’s not that uncommon for people to buy tickets in games with the same number, but this is the biggest prize we’ve ever had in Virginia of two tickets in the same drawing,” Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty told ABC News.
Pike was presented with a check for $2 million at the truck stop where she purchased the ticket. Winners in Virginia are required to come forward and be identified. She will receive $1.4 million after taxes. The store also received a $200,000 bonus for selling the two winning tickets.
For now, Virginia’s newest millionaire is basking in her shocking win.
“I must be dreaming,” Pike said. “I look forward to helping to take care of my parents and paying some bills.”