Found Money Proves Lucky for Both NorCal and SoCal POWERBALL® Winners
SACRAMENTO – Two winning POWERBALL tickets were sold for the August 28 draw that successfully matched the numbers 32, 19, 7, 9, 6, missing only the Powerball number of 13. Each ticket is worth $868,297 and both have now been claimed.
Dennis Watanabe and his family buy Lottery tickets each week. Actually, it being a family affair, his uncle is the one who purchases them for everyone. Watanabe explained by saying “We just choose our own numbers, but the day he bought these for me, I found a $1 bill and looked at the serial numbers and chose those numbers. But there weren’t enough numbers for a Powerball number so I randomly chose one. I chose the number 2, but if I had remembered what year it was, I would have chosen 13 and won the jackpot. Oh well.” Watanabe says he plans to help out his family, possibly take a family vacation to the Philippines and donate to a worthy charity.
Daniel Scannell is an octogenarian who is retired, but still manages to keep quite busy with his wife of 57 years. He is an active member of Seniors in Retirement (S.I.R.S.) and golfs at least once a week in addition to taking part in the active social life of the S.I.R.S. group. On August 29, it was his turn to deliver donuts and coffee to the group, and after making his purchase, on his way out of Safeway, he found a penny. That reminded him to check his POWERBALL tickets from the night before, and he realized he was the winner of the $868,297 prize from the night before. Not wanting to shirk his duties, he delivered the coffee and donuts and then said he had a very important appointment and came in to claim his prize. Scannell says he plans to buy a new car, buy some new golf clubs and possibly take those clubs on a trip to Ireland and Scotland where he can play one of the world’s most famous golf courses, St. Andrews.
Watanabe bought his winning ticket at Silver Glen Liquor, which is located at 2474 Glendale Boulevard in Los Angeles, and Scannell purchased his at Wes Liquors, which is located at 16 West 25th Avenue in San Mateo.
The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their tickets, keep tickets in a safe place and visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.
POWERBALL is a multistate game played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s POWERBALL site for more information on how to play.
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