Ernest Jones Powerball Winner Surprised By Size Of Virginia Lottery Winning Check

Charisse Van Horn

Ernest Jones, a Powerball winner from Smyth County, Virginia, was surprised when he went to the Virginia Lottery to collect his winning check. According to a news release by the Virginia Lottery, Jones purchased a Powerball ticket and matched four of the white balls and the Powerball. The prize for the win is normally $50,000, but when Jones arrived to claim his winnings, he was surprised to be presented with a check for $150,000. The increase was due to Jones' purchase of the Power Play option that multiplied his winning by three times. Ernest Jones won the third-tier prize for the Feb. 3, 2016, Powerball game. The jackpot prize was $112 million and the winning numbers were 26, 28, 31, 60, and 67. The Powerball was 23.

— Mary Turner (@thesaleswhopper) February 7, 2016

The Virginia Lottery has been busy handing out checks to a number of lucky winners, and they also embraced the Valentine's Day weekend by giving away chances to win chocolates.

— Virginia Tourism (@VisitVirginia) February 10, 2016

— Virginia Lottery (@VirginiaLottery) February 11, 2016

Once you play your ticket, it's important to sign the back of it and keep it in a safe place. This helps to prevent it from being stolen, damaged, or lost. Thankfully, Ernest Jones did not lose or have a damaged Powerball ticket, and he was just unclear as to how much he had actually won.

— John Harris (@winthenextlotto) February 6, 2016

We can only imagine how wonderful it would be to have won $50,000, but to arrive to pick up your winnings and find out you actually won $150,000 has to be staggering.

Congratulations, Ernest Jones! Enjoy your Powerball winnings! Powerball drawings are held live from the Florida Lottery studios every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 p.m. ET. Check back with us for the live studio Powerball drawing!

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