Valentine's Surprise -VA couple claim $217 Million Powerball Jackpot

When Dave Honeywell returned to Richmond International Airport from a business trip,he walked past the Virginia Lottery’s two Lottery Express machines in the atrium. Above them,he saw a banner proclaiming that a jackpot-winning ticket had been bought there. The Fredericksburg man smiled to himself and kept walking. The winning ticket was in his pocket.

Mr. Honeywell matched all six numbers in the February 6 Powerball drawing to win the $217 million jackpot. The winning numbers were 5-27-36-38-41 and Powerball number 12. He bought the ticket a few days earlier,as he was leaving on the business trip. He used Easy Pick,allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The next morning,as he prepared for a meeting in Denver,he checked the winning numbers on the Lottery’s website and immediately called his wife,Nancy. “I think my heart has started beating again,” he said.

“I thought he might be having a heart attack,” she later told Lottery officials.

On February 14,the Honeywells returned to the spot where the winning ticket was bought to receive their check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. They had a choice of taking the full jackpot in 30 annual payments or a one-time cash option of $136.4 million before taxes. They chose the cash option.

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