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Someone On St. Croix, St. Thomas Or St. John Won $2 Million In The Powerball Drawing Last Night … It Could Be You!

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CHRISTIANSTED — One lucky Virgin Islander matched five out of six numbers in the Powerball drawing in Florida last night.

Not only that, but one person in the territory spent one dollar extra for the Powerplay option on the ticket, meaning that the $1 million they won was doubled to $2 million.

One person in Massachusetts matched all six numbers of 6, 7, 16, 23, 26 and the Powerball number of 4 so that they will collect the full $758.7 million jackpot. The jackpot winner can also opt for a lump sum payment which would be $480,500,936.39 in cash.

If the jackpot winning ticket had been sold in the Virgin Islands, the tax owed could almost balance the budget deficit that the territory is currently facing — about $300 million in federal taxes would be due and payable here — meaning that Gov. Kenneth Mapp could add more money to the V.I. Department of Education budget … or make sure that he can continue to spend $1,000 per night in St. Thomas at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

The Massachusetts winner earned the second largest lottery prize in American history, according to the Associated Press.

The last two $1 million or more winning tickets in the territory have been sold in St. Croix, the last one also had the Powerplay option and meant that the person also won $2 million in early March of 2015.

If you play the odds, that means that someone in St. Thomas or St. John might have won the $2 million this time.

The drawing took place at 10:59 p.m. (EST) Wednesday in Tallahassee, Florida, Powerball officials said.

A Powerball ticket costs $2, but if you pay an extra dollar, the Powerplay option allows you to double, triple or quadruple your winnings (for two to four winning numbers per ticket).

The winning Virgin Islander paid $3 for their ticket somewhere in the territory and now has a “bearer instrument” worth $2 million — be sure to immediately sign the back of the ticket (and include your address) if you are the winner.

Ask your friends and neighbors … or check your own tickets … you might be closer to the winning Virgin Islander than you know!


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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