Christine Oberheitmann and her husband were driving back home to Berlin, Md., when they stopped at the Sting-Ray’s near Cape Charles for a break.
While she was in the store, she noticed the Powerball jackpot had grown to $500 million.
“I typically only play when the jackpot gets big,” she later told Virginia Lottery officials.
So, she bought a ticket for the Sept. 9 drawing, letting the computer randomly select her numbers. When the winning numbers were drawn, her ticket ended up matching five of them to win the $1 million prize.
Those winning numbers were 11-19-29-63-68, and the Powerball number was 25. The only number she didn’t match was the Powerball number.
“We’ll probably stop at the store on the way home to take a selfie,” she said as she claimed her prize at the Lottery’s customer service center in Hampton.
Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25. For more information on Powerball, visit the game’s site.
All Virginia Lottery profits go to K-12 education in Virginia. The winning ticket was bought in Northampton County, which received more than $1.8 million in Lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. In Fiscal Year 2023, the Lottery raised more than $867 million for K-12 education, making up approximately 10 percent of Virginia’s total K-12 school budget.
For a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page. For general information or to play games online, visit the Virginia Lottery’s website or download the Lottery’s app. Connect with the Lottery on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.