CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Larry Hughes of Kimball has claimed a total of $302,600 in winnings from last night's Daily 4 drawing, lottery officials announced Friday.
The game has a top prize of $5,000.
Hughes won such a large amount, however, by playing the same numbers a total of 61 times, said lottery spokesman Randy Burnside in a news release. He played the numbers 1-2-3-4 on a straight bet ticket 60 times and once as a straight/box, to be exact.
"I play the 1-2-3-4 every day and I buy at least 60 tickets each day," Hughes told lottery officials. "I have been playing the West Virginia Lottery's Daily 4 game since it started and I never miss a day. I don't think you will find a better return on investment for $61 bucks."
He purchased all 61 tickets at the Bantam Market in Welch.
Hughes, a contractor from Kimball, has won before with his lucky numbers.
He won a total of $52,600 from the Daily 4 drawing on March 14, 2006, and he hit again for the same amount from the Jan. 12, 2008 drawing.
Until Thursday, those were the only two times in the game's history that those numbers (1-2-3-4) popped out of the Daily 4 draw machine in numerical order.
Kimball told officials he knew he had won despite the fact he did not watch the televised draw show Thursday night.
"I was working on a job in Bluefield and I sat down at 6:59 and told the guys that I hope my wife (Maria) calls in the next minute. If she does, our numbers came up. Then the phone rang and I didn't even have to answer to know what had happened." he said.
Kimball says he has no immediate plans on how he will use his prize money. He intends to continue playing the lottery.