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Lucky mistake: Virginia woman wins $1 million lottery prize twice in one day

Courtesy The Northern Virginia Daily

Virginia Fike of Clarke County won $2 million in the Powerball. She bought her winning tickets for the April 7 drawing at OldeStone Truck Stop & Restaurant.

A Virginia woman won $1 million -- twice -- after she mistakenly bought two Powerball tickets instead of one.

Virginia Fike, 44, of Berryville, Va., intended to buy one Powerball ticket and one for Mega Millions, but instead bought two Powerball tickets earlier this month, according to NVdaily.com.

"So I was like, 'If I win, I win twice so what are the odds,' so I just went ahead and took the ticket," Fike said, according to the Virginia daily.

Both tickets matched five of the six Powerball numbers, and they were worth $1 million each.

Lottery officials presented her with a $2 million check on Friday.

Fike said she found out the winning numbers while sitting in a hospital room with her mother, according to a statement distributed by the Virginia lottery.

"I saw a scroll on TV about there being two $1 million winners," she said. "I looked at my mom and said ‘Wouldn't it be funny if it was us?'"


She said she planned on using the money to "take care of my parents" and pay bills.

For selling the tickets, the lottery awarded a $20,000 bonus to the Olde Stone Truck Stop.

To win the full Powerball jackpot, which currently stands at $131 million, a ticket must match the numbers on all five white balls in the drawing, plus the red Powerball. The $1 million cash prize is awarded for a ticket that matches the five numbers on the white balls, in any order.

The odds of winning $1 million? One in 5,153,632.65. The drawing takes place every Wednesday and Saturday night.

"I picked numbers based on my parents’ anniversary and their ages at that time, divided by the year they were married," Fike said in the statement. "I just love the jackpot games and I play when I can afford it." 

Reuters contributed to this report.

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