West Virginia Player Takes Home $200,000 Powerball Prize, Matches 5 of 6 Numbers

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Jamie Simmons, of Granville, West Virginia, wishes that he had Power Played his bet, because then…the $200,000 he won on April 7 would have been $1 million instead.

I didn’t know anything about Power Play, so have never paid the extra dollar . . . $800,000 later, I’ve learned the lesson. . . I’ll sure buy it next time, Simmons laughed.

Purchased at a supermarket in Granville, near Morgantown, the winning ticket was Easy Pick, whereby the retailer’s lottery terminal automatically picks the number.

The Powerball number drawn was 33; the Proud’s Powerball number was 3; Simmons’ was 37. Both tickets would have shared the $125 million jackpot, had they matched that one number.

Simmons, 34, is the manager of an equipment rental company in Fairmont. A resident of Delaware, Ohio, he said he spends five days a week in the Morgantown area.

I pick up three tickets twice a month and don’t check them until I go back in to buy another ticket, Simmons said.

Married and the father of two children, he said the prize money would be saved for college tuition, and a family trip to Alaska.

Asked if he regrets not winning the $1 million or $125 million prizes, Simmons quipped, I haven’t complained yet. And my wife? Well, she’s still in shock and waiting to see the check.

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