A simple mistake led a Virginia woman to win a $1 million Powerball lottery twice on the same day, the Associated Press reports.
When Virginia Fike stepped into the OldeStone Truck Stop & Restaurant in Clear Brook, Va., to run some errands earlier this month, she decided on a whim to buy two lottery tickets. Intending initially to buy one Powerball and one Mega Millions ticket, Fike picked the same set of numbers for both: 5-13-17-20-30.
"I picked numbers based on my parents’ anniversary and their ages at that time, divided by the year they were married," Fike told the Journal, adding that she loves "jackpot games" and plays when she "can afford it".
When Fike had paid for the tickets, she realized that she had mistakenly bought two Powerball tickets instead.
"I was like, 'If I win, I win twice'…so I just went ahead and took the tickets," Fike told the Northern Virginia Daily.
Incredibly, the 44-year-old from Berryville, Va., was right on the money.
Reaping two times the luck thanks to her fortuitous error, Fike matched every number except the Powerball and clinched the $1 million prize twice -- becoming the first person in Virginia to win two $1 million Powerball lottery prizes in the same lottery drawing, the Virginia Lottery reports.
Virginia's newest millionaire, who claimed $1.4 million after taxes last Friday, said she is still reeling from the news.
"Really it still just hasn't sunk in," Fike told the Journal. "It feels good but it's still just like right, you know somebody's going to pinch me and I'm going to wake up and this'll all be a dream."
The outdoor enthusiast and devoted daughter told the Northern Virginia Daily that she is looking forward to taking care of her aging parents and paying some bills.