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W.Va. on lottery roll, 6th $1m or more ticket sold

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

West Virginia is on a lottery roll.

The West Virginia Lottery on Monday introduced a Ritchie County woman as its latest $1 million prize winner. Hers is the sixth Mega Millions or Powerball ticket worth $1 million or more sold in West Virginia this year.

Katie Ivers of Pullman bought a ticket in Ellenboro that matched five numbers but missed the Powerball from Saturday’s drawing. The winning numbers were 2-3-12-27-38 and the Powerball was 17.

Ivers said she occasionally buys lottery tickets and usually lets the computer select her numbers. This time it was different.

“I have an atomic clock that has been malfunctioning and skipping dates and just acting up,” she said. “And about a month ago I decided to copy down the numbers on the display and those are the numbers I used Saturday.”

Ivers said she’s considering using her winnings to go on vacation with her daughter and grandson, along with taking care of her family’s needs.

The six $1 million tickets surpass the five that the West Virginia Lottery sold all of last year.

Earlier this month, Beverly Swartzmiller of Sissonville won a $2 million Powerball prize. She used the Powerplay option and matched five numbers but missed the Powerball.

The other winning tickets were sold for drawings in February.

Two groups each shared $1 million after buying tickets for separate Powerball drawings that matched five numbers. Twelve co-workers from Innovative Mattress Solutions in Winfield, who called themselves “IMS Dreamers,” each received about $57,000. Twenty-seven members of a Beckley group, now known as the “Beckley 27,” each received more than $25,000.

Retired truck driver Randy Brown of Man won a $1 million Mega Millions prize in February. He bought a ticket that matched five numbers.

A Powerball ticket sold in Wheeling for the Feb. 12 drawing that won $1 million has not yet been claimed. A $1 million prize won in the Mega Millions drawing on Dec. 17, 2013, also has not been claimed.


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