Virginia man wins Powerball with 2 tickets in same drawing
Winning the lottery can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, except for one Virginia man who won hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Powerball twice in the same drawing this month.
Ben Baker, of Covington, bought a total of 10 tickets for the March 4 Powerball drawing at his local Food Lion grocery store, according to the Virginia Lottery.
Baker managed to match four of the winning numbers plus the Powerball number on two of his tickets for what normally would have been a $50,000 prize for each winning ticket.
The winning numbers in that drawing were 10-16-18-40-66, and the Powerball number was 16, according to a press release issued by the Virginia Lottery on Friday.
POWERBALL LOTTERY DRAWING: WINNERS CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS IN THESE STATESHowever, Baker had a little more luck on his side.
From the two winning tickets, Baker won a total of $300,000.
He told the lottery that he intends to use some of his winnings to improve his home and save the rest.
The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million, according to the lottery.
The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25.
HOW TO UP YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING THE LOTTERYEarlier this month, a Michigan woman almost missed out on winning a $1 million Powerball prize.
"A week after the drawing my husband found the ticket in his coat pocket and realized we had never checked it," Elizalde said.
CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPElizalde told the lottery board she plans to use her Powerball Prize to pay bills, her children’s education and savings.