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Newport News man wins 200K playing the Virginia Lottery

Posted at 12:12 PM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 20:00:25-05

Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery. Alvin Boling won 200K playing the Powerball

RICHMOND, Va. – If you have ever wondered if spending that extra dollar on the Power Play option when buying a Powerball ticket was worth it, Alvin Boling’s story may convince you it is.

Boling bought his winning ticket at the Tinee Giant convenience store on 2722 Airline Boulevard in Portsmouth, and when he spent the extra buck for his ticket on the Power Play option, it netted him $150,000 dollars more than if he had not. His winnings without Power Play would have been only $50,000.

The winning numbers in that drawing were 26-28-47-49-58, and the Powerball number was (3).

Boling said he discovered he’d won on the Sunday after the drawing, when he sat down with his morning coffee and checked the winning numbers, according to Virginia Lottery officials.

“I just said, ‘Oh my goodness!’ and sat for a while,” said Boling. “There was no fanfare.”

Other than paying his bills, Boling said that he did not have any immediate plans to spend the money.

Boling lives in Newport News, which has received more than $26.7 million dollars in lottery funds for K-12 education in the last fiscal year.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The overall odds of winning any Powerball prize are 1 in 25.

The Virginia Lottery says that more than $1.5 million is collected per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools through its lottery system.

For more information on Powerball, visit www.powerball.com.