One of few people that knows what it’s like to win the lottery twice in the same day, Virginia Fike has won two $1 million lotteries in the same day after two of her tickets matched five of the six Powerball numbers from the April 7 drawing. Fike was quoted by ABC News having stated in a news release:
“I’m in shock!”
Fike purchased her two tickets, with numbers ready, at an Olde Stone Truck Stop in Virginia earlier in the month. In regards to her preordained numbers, she stated in the Virginia lottery news release:
“I picked numbers based on my parents’ anniversary and their ages at the time, divided by the year they were married. I just love the jackpot games and I play when I can afford it.”
While the jackpot that week was at $80 million, Fike only matched five of the six winning numbers which entitled her to $1 million for each of her winning tickets. Her two winning tickets were the only two winners in Virginia.
Keeping her mother company in the hospital, she saw “a scroll on TV about there being two $1 million winners. I looked at my mom and said ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if it was us?’” Fike said, and it was. She did in fact win both of Virginia’s $1 million prizes, which she later discovered after stopping by a convenience store and having the clerk check her tickets.
Fike was presented with a $2 million check on Friday at the same truck stop location where she originally purchased the two winning lotto tickets. Even the store at which the two winning tickets were sold received a $20,000 bonus. Once taxes are deducted, Virginia Fike will receive $1.4 million for winning the lottery.