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Princeton man comes forward with winning $2 million Powerball ticket; wishes to be anonymous

A Princeton man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has come forward with the winning $2 million Powerball ticket from Saturday night’s drawing.

On the morning after the drawing, he said he got a text from someone telling him to check his Powerball ticket. “So that’s what I did. I looked at it and sure enough, it was a winner. The rest is history,” he said.

The winning ticket

“I thought I was having a heart attack,” he told lottery officials, after discovering he had won $2 million dollars.

The winning ticket matched the first five ball numbers but not the Powerball to win the game’s second prize. This prize usually pays $1,000,000, however, the winner chose to spend an additional $1 for the Power Play feature, doubling the prize to $2,000,000.

The Caldwell County man told officials he has been playing the same set of numbers for the last several years. He said the winning combination came from a movie he had seen where the main character wins the lottery with the same set of numbers.

After taxes, the Princeton man received a check for $1,420,000.

“It’s pure luck,” he said.

The man had retired but went back to work three years ago, but now with his winnings, has retired for good. He said he looks forward to being able to spend more time with family.

The winning ticket was purchased at Max Fuel Xpress #110 in Princeton. The store will receive a bonus of $20,000 for selling the ticket. 

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