RAPID CITY, South Dakota — A Rapid City couple has claimed a $2 million Powerball prize and plans to use the money to pay bills.
Barb and Jim Powers said they are still in shock about winning the money in the June 5 drawing. The odds of winning $2 million playing Powerball are one in about 5.2 million.
Barb Powers bought the winning ticket at Big D Oil on June 1. She also purchased an option for $1 that doubled the $1 million prize she won when the ticket matched all five white ball numbers but missed the Powerball.
"I was running behind schedule and was too late to buy tickets for that night's drawing," she said. "The clerk said she could sell me tickets for Wednesday's drawing, so that's what I did."
After the drawing, "I checked my tickets on the Internet, confirmed the numbers with my sons who were visiting, then called my husband," Powers said. "He didn't believe me at first."
Big D Oil will receive a $20,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The jackpot was at $70 million for the Wednesday night drawing.