A woman of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, decided to give herself a birthday present while doing grocery shopping at the Publix on Greenville Highway in Hendersonville and bought a Powerball ticket.
“I had just pulled out of the parking lot when I realized I didn’t buy a Powerball ticket,” Konopacke said. “I wasn’t going to go back but then thought, ‘My birthday’s coming up, so what the heck? This will be a birthday present to myself.’”
She immediately went to the store to buy Powerball ticket worth $3 for Saturday drawing.
That was really a lucky day for her!
The lucky lady, Margo Konopacke, might be not knowing that this birthday is going to be very happy for her.
“It’s an incredible birthday gift,” Konopacke said. “I still can’t believe it. Everything feels surreal.”
She was not aware of the winning until the next morning her husband checked the ticket.
“When he told me I matched five numbers, I thought he was joking,” Konopacke said. “I slammed my hands down on the counter and said, ‘Let me see the ticket.’ Sure enough, I had five numbers.”
The lady made a quick drive to the lottery headquarters Tuesday afternoon to collect the winning prize as a birthday gift on her birthday. She took home $1,415,001 after all state and federal taxes.
The winner has plan to do something special on her birthday and spend most of the money for her and her husband’s retirement. The winning ticket has matched the five white balls to win $1 million, but as she played the Power Play feature for $1 extra, she doubled the prize amount.