Amy Shaw was so excited about winning a million dollars in the Feb. 20 Powerball drawing, the North Carolina woman nearly claimed her prize in her birthday suit.
“We just freaked out,” said Shaw’s husband, Joe, who claimed their million dollar Virginia Lottery Check on Wednesday at Store #3 (formerly known as the Cana Exxon).
The couple bought the winning ticket Feb. 20 on their way home from church. They stopped for gas at Store #3, located just across the state line at 16305 Fancy Gap Highway in Cana. While there, Amy bought some Virginia Lottery tickets, including one for that night’s Powerball drawing. The next morning, Joe brought his wife a biscuit and coffee while she was in bed.
“And I said, ‘Amy, check the lotto and see if we won that $30 million.’ So she was sitting in bed and she took one bite of that biscuit,” Joe Shaw said. “I wish I recorded it. She looked at the numbers and that part of the biscuit came out.”
The winning numbers were 11-12-15-16-54 and the Powerball number was 25. The couple had all but the Powerball number right. They knew they’d won something, but not how much.
“I said, ‘Amy, come on. We have to go to that store,” Joe Shaw said. “She comes out of the bedroom stark naked almost with a pocket book on her shoulder and says, ‘I’m ready.’”
Once he informed his wife she needed to get fully dressed, the couple headed back to the Cana convenience store. There, they realized the ticket was a million dollar winner.
“She was kissing and hugging everybody that came in the door,” Joe Shaw said.
The couple said they plan to use their newfound wealth on family. For selling a million dollar winner, Virginia Lottery officials also presented Store #3 with a $10,000 bonus check. Owner Sri Kamma and Manager Sutha Kris accepted the bonus check.
Kenneth Buckley, Field Sales Manager for the Virginia Lottery, said the Shaw couple’s winning ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in the Feb. 20 Powerball drawing and one of just seven nationwide.
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. The cut-off time to buy a ticket is 10 p.m. on the night of the drawing.
When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game, generating more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2015.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN