CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A couple from Harrison County stepped forward Thursday to claim their $1 million Powerball prize at West Virginia Lottery headquarters.
“I put the ticket in my truck, actually the floor of my truck, and didn’t check it until Sunday,” Tim Varca said during a news conference. “I saw where I matched three and then four and then five, but I did not know how much that was worth. The whole time I was thinking it might be a $100, so I typed in the computer “how much is a match 5 win” and I saw $1 million … and I turned white. I got her (Jo) out of bed and she didn’t believe me. Then we both went down stairs and she turned white. We are still in shock, but it is a great feeling.”
He went on to say, “I let the computer pick the numbers. I play off and on and probably haven’t spent but a hundred dollars on it in my life.”
The lucky ticket was the only one in the country to match five numbers for that particular drawing, and no one won the jackpot. The numbers were 22-23-24-45-62 and the Powerball was 5.
This is the first match-5 Powerball winner in West Virginia since a couple from Princeton, West Virginia, claimed a $2 million win in January. Their prize was doubled to $2 million because they paid an extra dollar for the Power Play option when purchasing their ticket.
The Varca couple say they have a good idea of where some of their winnings will go, probably toward paying bills, taking a European vacation and investing the rest.
Go Mart receives a sales bonus of $10,000 for selling the lucky ticket, and Terry Smith, Go Mart’s Director of Marketing, was on hand to congratulate the Varcas on their good fortune.