JACKPOT! Part-time Rankin police officer claims $1M Powerball ticket


A West View man has claimed a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million, according to Pennsylvania Lottery officials.

Matthew Brown purchased the winning ticket May 23 at Super Stop in Rankin, lottery officials said.

Brown, a part-time police officer in Rankin, will receive a cash payout, minus 25 percent federal withholding.

Brown plays the Powerball at the convenience store from time to time, and spent $6 on three Quick Picks May 23, according to a story on the lottery's website.

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“Then I totally forgot about it,” Brown said, according to the website.

A few days later, Brown said he checked the May 24 drawing results online.

“At first, I didn't believe it. I thought someone was playing a joke on me,” he told the lottery.

After checking the ticket at the store, he called his wife, Jennifer, to tell her the news.

“She thought I was joking and hung up on me,” he told the lottery.


Brown said he plans to use the winnings to pay bills and plan for his children's future college costs, and possibly take a vacation.