Mississippi man wins $1M in Powerball game

Published 5:41 pm Thursday, May 14, 2009

A 66-year-old man from Natchez, Miss., is the Louisiana Lottery’s first Powerball millionaire of the year.

John McIntyre’s ticket matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball, in the May 2 drawing to win $200,000. But, because he added the Power Play option, his prize was automatically multiplied by five, bringing his total winnings to $1 million.

McIntyre took home $700,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld.

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The B-Kwik Food Mart in Vidalia, which sold McIntyre the winning ticket, will get a one-time bonus of $10,000, or 1 percent, of the prize.

McIntyre says he always picks his own numbers, which were: 3, 20, 38, 42, 45, Powerball 27.

The Louisiana Lottery has had three $1 million Powerball winners in three straight drawings. The other two tickets have yet to be claimed. They were sold in West Monroe for the April 29 drawing and Bastrop for the May 6 drawing.