As customer service manager at a retail store in Falls Church, Virginia, Michael Connelly, was busy ringing up Powerball tickets for customers during the big $1.5 billion runups, but for one of those customers, he accidentally hit the wrong button on the terminal. Instead of Powerball, he hit Virginia’s Cash4LifeÂ® button and generated a ticket that the customer didn’t want, so he ended up buying the ticket himself.
That mistake won him the top prize.
His ticket matched all six numbers in the January 7 Cash4Life® drawing. Donnelly’s prize was a choice between $1,000 per day for the rest of his life or a one-time cash option of $7 million before taxes. He chose the cash option.
He didn’t realize he’d won until a few days later when a customer said she had heard on the news that a winning ticket had been sold at the store. That’s when he checked the numbers and immediately called his wife, Michele, with the good news.
If that’s true, you have to come home because I’m about to have a heart attack! she replied.
No one had a heart attack you should know.
But what a surprise.