Tawanna Turner of Hartsdale, Westchester CountyNew YorkÂ plays Powerball every week and opts for the Power Play option that would increase her prize amount should she hit a winning combination.
She did just that, recently.
Turner hit a life changing combination from the December 22 drawing when she matched the first five numbers from that nightâ€™s drawing. By choosing the Power Play option for an additional dollar, Turner turned a $1,000,000 win into a $2,000,000 payday.
â€œI couldnâ€™t believe what I saw when I checked the New York Lotteryâ€™s website and saw that I matched the first five numbers,â€ explained Turner.
â€œI checked a couple other state websites to make sure my numbers matched. Thatâ€™s when I truly believed that I had won.â€
Turner purchased her $2,000,000 winning Powerball ticket in Nanuet.
Turner will receive her $2,000,000 Powerball prize in one lump sum totaling $1,323,600 after required withholdings.
â€œThere were a lot of tears of joy and a fast heartbeat when I realized I had just won $2,000,000,â€ explained Turner. â€œI really donâ€™t know how Iâ€™ll spend the winnings. Â Once I calm down and let everything sink in Iâ€™ll decide.â€
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