Former West Virginia Sheriff Wins $79 Million Powerball Jackpot

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After a couple of sleepless nights, W. Randy Smith, 63, of Martinsburg today claimed more than $44 million, the cash option from Saturday’s (Aug. 21) $79 million Powerball drawing. ¨¨

The exact prize total was $44,347,250.99; federal taxes totaled more than $11 million; state taxes totaled nearly $3 million.¨ ¨

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin referred to Smith as, a dear friend I have known since serving as Secretary of State. There isn’t a finer public servant.

I couldn’t be happier for Randy. While this is a great day for him and his family, it is a very good day for West Virginia. Since Randy lives here, the prize money and the taxes will stay right here at home, a win-win situation for everyone. ¨¨

Smith is a Berkeley County State Magistrate, who previously served two terms as Sherriff.

Known locally as a Good Samaritan who has helped stranded travelers, Smith bought his winning ticket from Mountaineer ROCS in Martinsburg. ¨¨

With two grown daughters and three grandchildren, Smith said he puts family first, adding that the win will change his life drastically.

No kidding.

The timing of this could not have been more perfect. My grandson told me that he said a prayer Saturday, asking that I win the jackpot . . . we have had some illness in the family, and I take care of a disabled sister. I don’t intend to enable my children to be idle, but I do plan to buy them homes; I’ll immediately replace my car and truck, as they both have over 150,000 miles on them. ¨¨

Asked whether he would continue with his job, Smith did not hesitate. I certainly plan on fulfilling my obligations to the public. Whether I fill out my term is not certain, but I’ve worked hard since I was 10 years-old. I mowed grass, worked for a manufacturing plant, in the county orchards and in welding. I know the importance of honest work and plan to stay productive.

Hey. I like this guy.

Don’t you?

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