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Four Virginia tickets win $1M in Powerball

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The winning $587.5 million Powerball tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri, but four tickets in Virginia still paid off with one million dollar winnings. One of the big winner's snagged the lucky ticket in Richmond.

They say you have to play to win and that's what happened for one lucky winner right at the Kroger on Lombardy Street near VCU.

When the news hit, store management grew just as excited as the person who played. 

"This morning from a phone call from my admin, she told me a ticket was just purchased here. I was like wowww," said store manager William Kearney.

One of 4 one million dollar Powerball winners in Virginia snagged the lucky ticket there. The buzz is spreading quickly to customers, some who let's just say, do this frequently.

"About everyday. You come right here? Yes," Isaiah Morris said.

Shoppers are reacting to the lucky prize winner's new found fortune.

"It's not really surprising. Obviously they just have really good luck. Must be nice. Wish I would've won it," said Kera Oliver.

Whoever that lucky winner is, lottery officials recommend taking some time to soak it all in and then spend wisely.

"Nobody ever says, if you ask them ‘what will you do if you win the lottery', no one ever says, "I'm going to get a financial advisor.' But that's the first thing you should do if you win a prize of this size," said John Hagerty of the Virginia Lottery Commission.

He also advises acting quickly if you realize you've hit the jackpot.

"Before you scream and shout, sign the back of the ticket. That's so important. You have to sign that ticket to establish yourself as the owner. If you don't sign the ticket, someone else could pick up the ticket, sign it, and it's there's," Hagerty added.

Managers at the Kroger now have a reason to boast winners play here.

"You can get your blessings right here. Come shop with me!" Kearney said.

"I will start playing now," Oliver said.

The other three were bought in Arlington, Daleville and Harrisonburg. Another 15 tickets bought in Virginia each won $10,000.

According to one report, during the height of the Powerball frenzy Wednesday, tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide. That's about six times the volume from a week ago.

The winning numbers were 5-16-22-23-29 and the Power Ball number was 6. 

Sales of Powerball tickets in Virginia generated about $13.3 million for K-12 public schools statewide. 

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