Retired Fireman Hits For $200,000 Powerball Prize

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I love it when public servants, even retired public servants win a lottery prize.

You know (I’m on my high horse now), I work with cops and fireman as a newspaper reporter (which I am)… and these guys put it on the line for us all the time and often for piddling wages.

OK  enough of my soap box.

I was thrilled to be notified by Virginia that Raynor Britt of Portsmouth bought a ticket for the August 21 Powerball drawing that hit five of six winning numbers.

He selected numbers using the birthdates of his four grandchildren. His strategy paid off to the tune of $200,000.

The retired firefighter’s ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Powerball number to win the game’s second prize.

The odds of winning that prize are 1 in 5,138,133. As he claimed his prize, Mr. Britt told Virginia Lottery officials he was taking the win in stride.

I’m not a very excitable person, he said. It’s just a really great feeling inside.

He bought the winning ticket at Barber Tire and Auto, 5701 Portsmouth Blvd. in Portsmouth.

Ain’t that awesome?

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