For more than three months, Leesburg-area resident Donald Shomaker kept a Powerball ticket worth a million dollars tucked away safely in his house.
This week, he claimed his prize.
He bought the winning ticket at the Gasmart in Lucketts, where the computer randomly selected the numbers on his ticket.
On the morning after the July 16 drawing, he discovered the ticket matched the first five numbers, missing only the Powerball number.
“I really couldn’t believe it,” he told Virginia Lottery officials. “I rechecked the numbers and rechecked them and rechecked them.”
After that he stashed the ticket. “I put it in a plastic bag and kept it somewhere in the house where it wouldn’t burn up if the house caught fire,” he said.
The winning numbers for that drawing were 11-17-40-50-62, and the Powerball number was 26. His ticket was one of just four nationwide to match the first five numbers and the only one in Virginia.