Virginia man wins Powerball by winning 2 tickets in the same drawing

Ben Baker, of Covington, Virginia, matched four of the winning numbers plus the Powerball number on two tickets to win a total of $300,000 in the March 4 drawing.

It can be an amazing experience to win the lottery. However, one Virginian won hundreds of thousands in the Powerball twice this month.

According to the Virginia Lottery, Ben Baker of Covington purchased 10 tickets for the March 4, Powerball drawing at his local Food Lion grocery.

Baker was able to match four winning numbers and the Powerball number on his two tickets, which would normally have earned him a $50,000 prize.

According to a press release by Virginia Lottery, Friday’s winning numbers were 10-16-18-40-40-66 and Powerball number 16, respectively.


Benjamin Baker from Covington, Virginia won $300,000. He matched four numbers and the Powerball number on the two tickets he bought earlier in the month. Baker is pictured left with Kelly T. Gee, Executive Director of Virginia Lottery (Virginia Lottery).

Baker, however, had a bit more luck.

Baker spent an additional dollar on each ticket to participate in the Power Play. This increased the winning prize by three times to $150,000 each, according the lottery. Baker was the winner of two tickets worth $300,000.

Baker said it simply: “I was really fortunate!”

Baker spent an additional dollar on each of the ten tickets he bought for the Power Play. This tripled his winnings.

He stated to the lottery that he plans to use some of the winnings to upgrade his home, and to save the rest.

Drawings for Powerball are held at 10 :59 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

The winning numbers were 10-16-18-40-66 and the Powerball number 16 (AP Photo/Ben Margot).

According to the lottery, the odds of winning the jackpot if you match all six numbers are 1 in 292.2 millions. Powerball prizes have a 1 in 25 chance of winning.

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A Michigan woman nearly missed out on a $1,000,000 Powerball prize earlier this month.

Ana Elizalde (51), Lansing, purchased the ticket in February. She gave it to her husband for safekeeping.

Elizalde stated that his husband found the ticket in the pocket of his jacket a week later and realized that we hadn’t checked it. “We went to the shop to scan it, and received a message to file for a claim. We found out that we had won $1 million when we checked the numbers online.


Elizalde stated to the lottery board that she will use her Powerball Prize for bills, savings, and her children’s education.

Fox News’ Cortney Moor contributed to this report.

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