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A supermarket in Kentucky sold a Powerball ticket worth $150,000. Then another one was sold

Two winning Powerball tickets – each worth $150,000 – have been claimed after being sold at the same Paducah supermarket for the game’s April 6 drawing.

Both winners, one an anonymous woman and the other veteran riverboat captain Jimmy Sharp, purchased their tickets at the Quick Shop on Bridge Street, the Kentucky Lottery revealed in a news release Friday.

Sharp, who has piloted a riverboat for nearly 50 years, does not normally play the Powerball unless the jackpot is more than $100 million, he told Kentucky Lottery officials. But when he was tempted by the $1.32 billion jackpot up for grabs on April 6, he decided to try his luck.

When he bought his tickets, Sharp followed the advice of his grandson, who told him to buy the game’s Power Play for an extra dollar per game. That ultimately tripled Sharp’s winnings, giving him a $150,000 prize after matching four white balls and the red Powerball.

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The winning numbers for the April 6 Powerball drawing were 22, 27, 44, 52, 69 and Powerball 9.

Winners do not have to match the white ball numbers in any particular order, according to Powerball rules.

Sharp described his reaction when the store’s cashier rang up the winning ticket.

“I had six tickets, and when I gave her the fifth, the machine turned on,” he said, according to the Kentucky Lottery news release. “She said, ‘Oh, you’ve got a big winner.'”

On Wednesday, Sharp made the trip to the Kentucky Lottery headquarters in Louisville to receive this prize, a requirement for major wins. He walked away with a check for $108,000, after taxes.

“I felt pretty good,” Sharp said.

A second Paducah winner, a woman who asked to remain unnamed, also won $150,000 after purchasing a ticket at the same store.

“I circled the numbers to see how I won,” the woman told lottery officials. “I was like, ‘Wait a minute,’ and it just kept going. I really didn’t know how much I had won.”

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The discovery felt surreal.

“I can’t believe I was one number away from becoming a billionaire,” she said. “However, I am very grateful and satisfied with what I have.”

After taxes, the woman also received a check for $108,000 for her win.

The Quick Shop will receive $3,000 for selling both winning tickets.

As for the jackpot, a player in Portland, Oregon, is working with lottery officials to claim the big prize, media reports.

If you or a loved one has a gambling problem, help is available. Call the National Problem Gambling Hotline at 1-800-GAMBLER.

Do you have a question about the Kentucky Lottery for our service journalism team? We’d love to hear from you. Complete our Know Your Kentucky form or email ask@herald-leader.com.

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