Christiansburg woman ‘accidentally’ wins $1M with Powerball ticket

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lady Luck was busy in Christiansburg and turned one woman’s mistake into a winning prize.

Miriam Long went to buy a Mega Millions ticket at the CVS on South Main Street in Blacksburg. While she was at the Virginia Lottery machine, she accidentally hit the button for a Powerball ticket.

That “accidental” ticket ended up being the perfect match for the winning numbers in the March 18 Powerball drawing. The ticket won $1 million.

“It’s the best mistake of my life!” said Long.

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The winning numbers were 10, 17, 20, 39, and 44. The Powerball number was 16 and was the only number Long did not match.

Long said when she discovered how much she won, she she couldn’t believe it.

“My heart was pounding!” she said. “It’s overwhelming!”

In the end, Long wasn’t the only winner. Retailers that sell a $1 million winning ticket receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.

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