CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Lottery has created more state millionaires in 2012 than in any year since its founding 26 years ago.
The milestone comes as Lottery officials end a memorable year for the Powerball and MegaMillions games.
Terry Brumfield, 65, of Harts claimed a $1 million Powerball prize at state Lottery Headquarters in Charleston Friday morning. He's the sixth state resident to win $1 million or more from Powerball and MegaMillions games this year.
Brumfield, who works as a contractor with his brother, bought the winning ticket at the Little General store along McClellan Highway in the Lincoln County town.
Lottery officials introduced Brumfield during a press conference Friday morning.
"I have played the lottery a long time, and I figured one of these days I might get my share of something big," Brumfield said in a press statement.
He said he knew he had won when he watched Wednesday night's drawing.
"I couldn't believe it," he said.
But because he had worked all day, he decided to go to bed -- with the ticket secure in his pocket.
"When I woke up, my wife asked if I had bought any tickets at the Little General and if I had checked mine," he said. "I said yes and yes. She then said, 'Well, the news says that someone one a million dollars.'
"That's when I said to her – 'Yes, me,' " he said.
Even though he's now a millionaire, Brumfield said he's not planning to slow down.
"I am going to keep working, in fact when I leave here I am going to work," Brumfield said.
This is the first year the Lottery created six millionaires. Four of those winners won playing Powerball; two won with MegaMillions.
John Wiles of Tunnelton was the first $1 million winner, claiming his MegaMillion prize on Jan. 6.
Weston residents Michael Shaver and Ronald Simmons, both Vietnam veterans, shared the biggest prize of the year by sharing a $14 million Powerball prize in March.
The pair played the same set of winning numbers seven times in one drawing and used the $1 PowerPlay multiplier option to boost their prize to $14 million.
Since the Powerball game began in 1992, West Virginia players have won more than $524 million in prizes from the game.
This was also the first year with the new $2 version of the Powerball game.
When officials announced Powerball tickets would rise from $1 to $2, they said the goal was to have more players winning larger prizes.
Orcutt said the change has been positive.
"The Powerball game has had tremendous success for us with the $2 price point," she said.
"When we launched this, we said we wanted it to be more winners with bigger jackpots and better odds, and I think we've proven that with this being our sixth win of a million dollars or more for this calendar year alone."
Further proof of the success were the Lottery's sales figures from November, which featured a record-high, $587 million Powerball jackpot.
The Lottery sold more than $8 million worth of Powerball tickets last month, up 205 percent from October sales and up 165 percent from last November, when there was a $245 million jackpot.
More than $4 million worth of those sales came in the days leading up to the Nov. 28 record jackpot drawing.
"That's significant for us, because we typically don't do $4 million until we've done drawings over a 10-week period," Orcutt said. "So to bring in that type of revenue and be able to return that money back to the state is tremendous."
Since July 1, revenue from traditional lottery games -- which include scratch-off tickets and the Powerball and MegaMillions games -- has exceeded forecasts by 17 percent, or more than $12 million.
Sales were $6 million greater than forecasts in November alone.
It wasn't just Powerball that was beating estimates. November MegaMillions sales were up 9 percent compared to last November, even though the game's jackpot was less than it was last year.
Orcutt said the extra money from traditional sales is important because of the way the money is distributed.
While limited video lottery and racetrack games bring in more revenue overall, that revenue gets diverted through complicated funding formulas.
However, traditional game sales are deposited directly into the State Lottery Fund, which the Legislature uses to fund public education and senior services.
Lawmakers already have appropriated $145 million worth of lottery funds for the current budget year.
Orcutt said the extra millions generated by the record Powerball jackpot would give lawmakers more money to allocate for projects in the next budget year.
"That's why any time we sell tickets or have the opportunity to get an extra boost in sales, we take that very seriously," she said, "because that helps us."
With the Powerball game bringing in more revenue, Lottery officials are turning their attention toward boosting scratch-off ticket revenue.
Lottery director John Musgrave said Thursday he is working with the Legislature to raise the cap on ticket prices.
The Lottery Commission currently has to give special approval for any scratch-off game with ticket prices greater than $5. Musgrave said lawmakers have given initial approval to a rule change that will raise that cap to $20.
Right now, West Virginia is one of only two states with a cap of $5 or less. Musgrave said he hoped the change would help the Lottery compete with scratch-off games in neighboring states.
Overall, the Lottery remains in healthy financial condition.
Lottery finance director Jim Toney told the Lottery Commission Thursday that the agency has brought in $558 million in revenue since July 1, about 15 percent more than forecasts.
While traditional games were faring better than last year, Toney said racetrack video lottery revenue was less than last year because of competition from new casinos in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
"Our racetracks are still struggling with the competitive environment," Toney said. "The revenue stream is somewhat down from last year."
The state's four racetrack casinos brought in $50.6 million in slot revenue in November, but that was more than $8 million less than the $59.2 million they brought in during November 2011.
Since July 1, the racetracks posted revenue of $277.7 million, down from $313.3 million during the same period last year.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.