ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - An Arlington man has won $1 million in the Virginia Powerball - and came just one number shy of the $50-million jackpot.
Tim Dudgeon said he's played the same numbers for years - a combination of birthdays and the jersey number of former basketball star Patrick Ewing. Now, they've finally paid off.
Dudgeon bought his winning ticket at Mia's Market and Deli, at 1607 South Glebe Road in Arlington. On July 23 he returned to the store to receive his prize from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
The winning numbers for the drawing were 5-15-18-26-32 and the Powerball number was 35. His ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number. If he'd matched all six numbers, he would have won a jackpot estimated at $50 million, lottery officials said.
There was no jackpot winner in that drawing, and this ticket was one of just three nationwide to win the second prize by matching the first five numbers.
Dudgeon said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.
Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com. For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.