A winning Powerball ticket was sold in Richmond, Virginia this week, but that’s probably not where the winner is now. The ticket was sold at the Richmond airport, which means that the winner could be just about anywhere in the world.
According to the Lottery Post, a ticket worth $217 million was sold at a self-serve lottery ticket machine at the airport.
Lottery Director Paula Otto 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.”
Troy Bell, spokesman for the airport, said that the ticket was not bought by an employee.
“We’ve taken a roll call, and everybody we’ve expected to show up has shown up … We could have had a whole crew wiped out if the right group won.”
The Huffington Post reports that the winning numbers were 5, 27, 36, 38, and 41. The Powerball number was 12.
In addition to the Powerball winner in Virginia, seven other people won $1 million by matching the first five numbers. Those winners came from Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, andRhode Island, and two winners bought tickets in New York.
The $217 million Powerball winner is Virginia’s first big winner since a man from Winchester won $239 million in 2004.