CHARLESTON, West Virginia (WKBN) – A Columbiana County couple was the lucky winner of $1 million in Powerball winnings.
Steven and Nancy Wilson of Liverpool Township told the West Virginia Lottery that they drove to the neighboring state on a hunch. That hunch paid off, as they were among only 88 people nationwide who matched five numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing.
“My wife came up with the idea that not too many people in Ohio win, so she was gonna split it and spend $200 in West Virginia and $200 in Ohio. And I told her no, because you are right. Just go and spend it all in West Virginia. It just so happened that was a great idea, and it worked,” Steven Wilson said in a West Virginia Lottery press conference on Thursday.
The winning ticket was purchased at Chaney’s Service Station in Chester. They spent $400 dollars and let the lottery computer pick the numbers.
Steven said he was shocked to see that the numbers matched up.
“I rechecked it at least six times, and then whenever I told my wife that I got it, I screamed it,” he said during the press conference. “She turned around and rechecked it, wrote ’em down, crossed them off. She read it, and she realized I got it too. It was phenomenal”
WIlson said he and his wife plan to pay off their student loans with the money, and then they will help out their family.
“Pay off my dad’s house. When he died, he left his house still open with a mortgage, and I would like to keep that in my family,” he said.