Twice the Payday
When Virginia Fike, 44, plays the lottery, she always picks the same numbers: her parents’ anniversary date and ages, divided by the year they were married.
So when the Powerball jackpot reached $80 million in April 2012, she drove to a truck stop near her home in Berryville, Virginia, to buy a ticket. She’d planned to get only one, but because of a mix-up at the register, she played the numbers on two tickets.
Fike was visiting her mother in the hospital when she saw on TV that two tickets in Virginia had hit five of the six Powerball numbers. Each one was worth $1 million.
Fike looked at her mom and said, “Wouldn’t it be funny …” And it was—after she double-checked the numbers at a convenience store, which verified that she was indeed the double winner. Fike received a total of $1.4 million after taxes. “I must be dreaming,” she told a local newspaper reporter. “I look forward to helping take care of my parents and paying some bills.”
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