UPDATE: Powerball Winner Helps Fund New Rec Center

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 10/16/2013
INWOOD, W.Va. (AP) - A new $2.1 million recreation center has opened in Inwood with help from Powerball jackpot winner W. Randy Smith.

The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation and the W. Randy Smith Family Fund provided most of the funding for the project. The foundation is a charitable fund established by Smith.

The W. Randy Smith Recreation Center is located on the Musselman High School campus. The Berkeley County School Board donated land for the facility.

Media outlets report that a dedication ceremony will be held Nov. 20.

Smith won a $79 million Powerball jackpot in 2010. He chose the $44 million cash option and pocketed $30 million after taxes.

UPDATE: 8/23/10 @ 8:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia county magistrate is the winner of the $79 million Powerball jackpot.

William Randy Smith claimed the prize Monday, driving from Berkeley County to state Lottery Commission headquarters in Charleston.

"Well, I always had that feeling," Smith says. "But I've had a lot of people tell me, 'It's never going to happen, it's never going to happen, it's never going to happen,' including my daughter, who told me for 25 years, "It's never going to happen.' "

"All I can say is, I love my Grandpap, love my family, Smith's grandson Michael McDonald says. "And it's all just crazy that this happened. I never thought I was going to happen. I just won $79 million."

The win is a relief to Smith's granddaughter, Megan Brower.

"Very, very exciting," Brower says. "As of Friday I got laid off from my job. So, this is very exciting news."

Gov. Joe Manchin and Lottery Director John Musgrave were among those on hand to congratulate the 63-year-old Smith.

Manchin says he has known Smith for many years.

Smith was elected Berkeley County magistrate in 2008. He was previously the county's sheriff for eight years.

"Let me say thank you. Not just for your good luck but for the service you've given to the state of West Virginia because I think it's about to end," Manchin jokingly told Smith.

Smith says he plans to keep working for at least a couple weeks.

He says he hasn't planned any major spending sprees. But, he did note some of his family's cars have more than 100,000 miles on them. He also says he'd like to buy homes for members of his family.

"Well, most people say they're going to Disney World, and I might get there. But, I'm going to start with my family, my immediate family, and make sure that they're provided for for the rest of their lives," Smith says.

All of that sounds just fine to his grandchildren.

"My birthday was actually July 31st. But, it was delayed because I couldn't have my party. But, I'm going to have an awesome birthday party now," McDonald says.

His ticket was the eighth sold in West Virginia to win a Powerball jackpot.

Smith bought his ticket from Mountaineer ROCS. The ticket matched the numbers 7, 10, 12, 22, 27 and the Powerball 26.

The cash option is nearly $44.4 million.

UPDATE: 8/23/10 @ 1:00 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia Lottery officials are calling an afternoon news conference concerning the winning ticket for a $79 million Powerball jackpot.

Lottery spokeswoman Nancy Bulla says a Martinsburg resident made arrangements with lottery officials to claim the prize on Monday. Bulla says the man's ticket must be validated first.

The winning ticket was bought at a Martinsburg convenience store for Saturday's drawing. The ticket matched the numbers 7, 10, 12, 22, 27 and the Powerball 26.

The ticket was the eighth sold in West Virginia to win a Powerball jackpot and the first since March 2008.

We will have a crew at the 3:00 p.m. news conference. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the very latest information.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia lottery officials say the winning ticket for Saturday's $79 million Powerball jackpot was purchased from a store in Martinsburg.

Director John Musgrave says the ticket was purchased from Mountaineer Rocs. If the winner chooses annuity payments, the jackpot is $79 million. The cash option is nearly $44.4 million.

The winner has 180 days to claim the prize. Musgrave says the winner should sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place, then make a confidential call to the lottery first thing Monday morning.

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