Alexandria man didn’t realize he won $1 million in Powerball

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Arthur Martin (PHOTO: Virginia Lottery)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An Alexandria man who thought of his lottery purchase as ‘just a [donation] to the Virginia Lottery education fund’ was shocked to discover, a week later, that he had purchased a winning ticket worth a million dollars.

Arthur Martin bought four Powerball tickets because of the excitement about the $700 million jackpot, but he says that when he buys tickets, he usually waits a week or two before checking to see if he’s won.

“It was surreal. I thought I was just donating to the Virginia Lottery education fund,” he said. “Took four days to get over the initial shock.”

Martin bought the ticket at the Parkway Express on Loisdale Lane in Lorton for the August 23 Powerball drawing. The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4. His ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers in that drawing, reports the Virginia Lottery.

Martin says he plans on paying off his debts with his winnings, and enjoying a nice holiday season with his family.