$217M Powerball ticket bought at Richmond airport

Published: Feb. 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Right now, the Commonwealth is waiting on a winner. Just one winner matched all six numbers in the February 6th jackpot drawing. Thursday, lottery officials announced the winning 217 million dollar Powerball ticket was sold at the Richmond airport.

As passengers prepare to check in their luggage or receive their boarding passes, one lucky person who traveled at the airport has something else on his/her mind. We don't know who it is just yet. But the reality it happened at the airport is creating quite a buzz.

Thursday, there seemed to be a spirit of luck in the air, creating a lot of inspiration.

"It wasn't me but I'm going to buy me one right now," said Sharon White.

White and her son just found out the 217 million dollar Powerball ticket sold at the airport.

"It's unusual to see anyone winning at an airport. I'm used to seeing people winning at 711's and gas stations, places like that," Gary White said.

The news drew a lot of folks Thursday wanting to play their chances too.

"I just told him let's stop and get one since someone won here," Sharon White said.

"The fact that it was sold at the self service machine from the Richmond airport means it could be literally be anyone in the world," said Lottery Director Paula Otto.

She says the big win is creating more than buzz, it's added another chapter into the Commonwealth's history.

"We have never had a huge Powerball winner. We've had lots of 1 million dollar winners, lots of secondary prizes," Otto said.

There are also lots of players not limiting where they'll play next go round.

"I bought five {tickets} not far from here and it's like aww man if I would've just stopped here," said Molly Tate.

Because when it comes to so much cash, there are so many options when you come out on top.

"I'd give it to my mom…I'd just hand it over. Then I'll know that I'll always have money," Gary North said.

The lucky winner has 180 days from the drawing to claim the big prize. Lottery officials say they strongly advise big winners to sign their ticket immediately and then store it until they're ready to claim the prize.

This is the second-largest jackpot ever won by a ticket bought in Virginia.

The largest was $239 million dollars, which was won by J.R. Triplett of Winchester in 2004, playing Mega Millions.

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