UPDATE: Retired Horse Trainer Latest Powerball Winner in W.Va.

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 5/6/14 @ 3:50 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A retired horse trainer has won $2 million from last weekend's Powerball drawing in West Virginia.

West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave introduced Angel Gonzales, of Ranson, Tuesday.

Gonzales, who is originally from Puerto Rico, is a retired horse trainer who moved to West Virginia in 1979.

“I am overwhelmed,” an emotional Gonzales said. “I will use this money to help take care of my children, my grandchildren and my great grandchildren.”

He was joined at the press conference by his wife, son, daughter-in-law and sister-in-law. Gonzales and his wife have 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Gonzales paid $1 extra for the Power Play option, and by matching five numbers, won $2 million.

Gonzales is an avid lottery player. He says he plays MegaMillions and Powerball weekly, as well as several in-state games.

This isn't his first win. Gonzales previously won Daily 4. But he says this win is much needed.

“I was watching the television and reading the numbers off of my ticket as they were listed,” Gonzales said. “I kept saying come on with each number and then I realized I had five. I immediately called my daughter in Puerto Rico and told her you will not believe this.”

Gonzales held one of three winning tickets from Saturday's drawing in West Virginia. Two other million-dollar winners have accepted their prizes. Scroll down to read more about them.



UPDATE 5/5/14 @ 4:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The winner of a million dollar Powerball ticket claimed his prize Monday.

Ricky Hall, of Arnoldsburg, matched five numbers for Saturday's drawing.

The construction worker bought his ticket at Duke Oil in Ripley.

Hall's wife and three children joined him Monday for a press conference in Charleston to accept the winnings. "It will help get our kids through college and make life a little easier," Hall said.

Hall's wife, Patty, said that her husband traveled a lot for work and has been a good provider for the family, but this money will help them pay of bills and maybe take a long awaited vacation out West.

Duke Oil will receive a $10,000 sales bonus for selling the lucky ticket.

Hall's ticket was one of three tickets in West Virginia to win $1 million in Saturday's drawing.

Twins Pam Garretson and Penny Fitzpatrick, of Crab Orchard, also accepted their $1 million prize Monday. You can read more about them by scrolling to the story below.

Another winner also matched all five number, and did the Powerplay option, bumping their winnings to $2 million. That winner has not come forward at this time.



UPDATE 5/5/14 @ 2:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Twin sisters from Crab Orchard, West Virginia are now splitting a $1 million winning Powerball ticket.

Pam Garretson and Penny Fitzpatrick matched five numbers from Saturday's drawing.

The 63-year-old twins are no stranger to the lottery. They play regularly and shared a $100,000 Powerball prize 12 years ago.

“We are so excited and could not believe our numbers came up,” Fitzpatrick said. “We play all the time and love the lottery.”

The sisters say they picked their own numbers and play them regularly enough that an employee of the store where they buy their tickets contacted them on Sunday to make sure they played their numbers and were indeed the big winners.

They bought their lucky ticket at Quinns Service Center in Crab Orchard. The store will receive a $10,000 retailer sales bonus for selling the ticket.

The twin sisters received roughly $342,500 each after taxes were withheld.

Two other big prize tickets were sold for Saturday's drawing. Another $1 million winner will be introduced Monday afternoon.

Another winner also matched all five number, and did the Powerplay option, bumping their winnings to $2 million. That winner has not come forward at this time.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/5/14 @ 10:27 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three million dollar Powerball tickets were sold in West Virginia during Saturday night's drawing.

West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave will introduce two of the new millionaires in a press conference Monday.

The three winners matched all five numbers, and one paid an extra dollar for the Powerplay, so their prize amount increased to $2 million.

This is the first time ever that there have been three million-dollar tickets in one drawing in the state.

One of the tickets was bought in Crab Orchard, another in Ripley.

The winner of the $2 million ticket has not come forward yet.


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