Woodstock store sells winning Powerball ticket

Lady Luck has blessed Woodstock once again.

One month after a winning scratcher ticket for $2.5 million was purchased from the Express Mart on Main Street, another Woodstock gas station has a lucky lottery winner.

The owner of Saturday’s matching Powerball ticket has won $1 million.

The winning ticket has the numbers 16-19-20-29-33, and was purchased at the Sunoco at 443 W. Reservoir Road in Woodstock. The ticket, which matched the first five numbers and missed the Powerball number (10), was the only winner in Virginia and was one of 10 winning tickets in the U.S.

Whoever the winner is hasn’t claimed his or her prize, said Virginia Lottery Spokesman John Hagerty, though he or she has 180 days from Saturday’s drawing to claim the money.

“It’s not unusual for people who claim large amounts of money like this to take a long time to contact us,” he said. “It’s a good idea for someone who has won this large of an amount to do some financial planning, tax planning and meet with financial professionals.”

The prize is $1 million before taxes are applied.

Hagerty said the winner should sign the back of the ticket immediately.

“A piece of advice for whoever has that ticket: before you jump up and down, before you scream and shout, sign the back of that ticket,” he said. “By signing the ticket, that establishes you as the owner of that ticket.”

The Woodstock Sunoco will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket, he said.

“The interesting thing is, it’s not unusual to see a store’s sales increase after they’ve won a big ticket like this,” he said. “Some people think that makes it a lucky store.”

Because the gas station is located adjacent to Exit 283 off Interstate 81, Hagerty said the winner could be a local resident or someone traveling across the state.

“We won’t know until somebody walks into the office and shows us that ticket,” he said.

Sunoco owner Neshon Nirola said this is the first lottery winner they’ve had since he and his wife began managing the business about three years ago.

“We’re both very excited because we are the mediator to make someone a millionaire,” he said. “It gives us a great feeling in our hearts.”

The owner of the winning ticket can claim the prize by presenting the ticket at a Virginia lottery office. The nearest office is located at 1790-26 E. Market St. in Harrisonburg.

“We do see a lot of winners in the valley,” Hagerty said. “Whether that means it’s a lucky place, I guess that’s for other people to decide.”

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com

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