LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two Powerball tickets sold in Kentucky barely missed out on an estimated $590.5 million grand prize, but they're worth $1 million each; one of the lucky winners is a retired plumber.
Ralph Staples, 71, has been playing the lottery for decades. He usually buys his tickets at the Basham’s Corner Market in Vine Grove. He said shock is still setting in after he scanned his ticket and it said winner.
“It was hard to believe, still hasn’t sunk in until you get the check in your hands,” Staples laughed.
Kentucky Lottery officials said the other winning ticket was sold in Buckner. Staples and the other ticket holder matched five numbers but not the Powerball drawn Saturday night. Staples said his investment of 40 years finally paid off.
Basham’s owner, Deano Meyers said dozens of residents had been popping into the store to see who the winner was all day on Monday.
“Of the 27 years we’ve been here this is the only one that is substantial,” Meyers said.
According to the Kentucky Lottery, as of Monday afternoon both million dollar ticket holders had claimed their winnings.
Each store that sold the million dollar ticket will also get $10,000. Meyers said he planned to split the money.
“We’ll chop it up among us,” Meyers said. “We’ll enjoy it.”
A Powerball ticket sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., matched all six numbers for the estimated $590.5 million prize. It's the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.