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Portsmouth man wins Powerball, doubles earnings for a total of $100k

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 13:12:11-05

Roy Williamson thought the store clerk was playing a trick on him, when the clerk said he'd won $100,000.

Roy knew he had matched some numbers on his Powerball ticket, but he didn’t realize just how many numbers.

“I just knew he was joking,” Williamson said.

The Portsmouth man matched four numbers plus the Powerball number in the December 19 drawing.

Normally, that would win $50,000. However, Williamson spent an extra dollar for Power Play when he bought the ticket.

That extra buck doubled his prize to $100,000.

He bought his ticket at Cedar Road Exxon, located at 1260 Cedar Road in Chesapeake, using Easy Pick and allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The winning numbers in that drawing were 27-32-34-43-52, and the Powerball number was 13.

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.