Last Updated: Monday 21st June 2010, 15:25
An Oklahoma Powerball player has won $1,000,000 by matching all five main numbers but not the Powerball number on Thursday 12 June. This would normally have given the player just $200,000, but he also exercised his Power Play option and succeeded in multiplying that prize by 5, making him the newest Oklahoma Lottery millionaire.
Keith Fulton is 44 years of age and has been playing the Oklahoma Lottery ever since it was first launched in 2005. He bought his winning ticket from Paul’s Conoco Service Center and watched the draw take place, but it took a while for him to realise that he had won despite failing to match the Powerball number.
“I was watching the drawing live but I knew I didn’t match the Powerball number so I didn’t immediately check my tickets,” Keith explained later. “Once I realized my numbers matched the five white balls I knew I had won a million dollars through Power Play. I hid my ticket in a Kleenex box and barely slept from the excitement.”
Keith is now planning to spend some of the money on a well deserved holiday. He will also pay off all of his bills and invest the rest. As for quitting his job and living on easy street, Keith is having none of it, and currently plans to work for another two decades at least.
Paul Dean, who runs the retail store where Keith purchased his winning ticket, received a $5,000 bounty for doing so. He is going to give $500 to the clerk who sold the ticket and invest the rest into his business.
“It’s awesome that a millionaire came from this store, but we didn’t make him a millionaire,” Paul said. “Keith made himself a millionaire by playing the lottery and selecting the Power Play option. I have been a supporter of the Lottery all along and I believe it helps Oklahoma because it keeps the money in our state.”