Channel 11 News has learned the owner of a Powerball ticket worth $1 million sold Saturday in Allegheny County is a part-time Rankin police officer
Rankin police Chief Ryan Wooten told Channel 11’s Vince Sims that the lucky winner whose ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 15-16-28-49-55, but not the red Powerball 18, is a worthy recipient of the prize
“He works two part-time jobs just to make ends meet,” Wooten said.
Wooten said the officer didn’t want the attention of winning, and even wanted to continue working his shift.
“I think on a humble side, he didn’t want to go home. That spoke a lot for him. He has lived his life as a public servant to serve other folks and now he’s a millionaire,” Wooten said.
So what was it like knowing the ticket was legitimate and worth all that cash?
“I was looking at the ticket, holding it in the air, and I was looking at the computer. I looked at the ticket like it was counterfeit,” Wooten said.
According to Wooten, the man purchased the ticket after multiple people convinced him to do so.
"Any officer, any day they walk out the front door, they are putting their life on the line. It's going to be night and day. I'm so happy that he has it, that he won, not only do I know him, he's a great officer, but he has kids and is the type of guy to give you the shirt of his back,” Wooten said.
The ticket was purchased at Super Stop Convenience Store on Kenmawr Ave. in Braddock. They will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
"It becomes a hot spot for lottery and people from different places come and try to play the lottery because they think this is a hot machine or lucky machine,” co-owner Arif Akhtar said.
It was a week of big winners for the Pennsylvania Lottery. One Mega Millions ticket won a $149 million jackpot on Tuesday, May 20. It was sold at White Oak Gas & Grocery on Fawcett Avenue in White Oak, Allegheny County. Then, a $1 million prize-winning Powerball ticket was sold for the May 21 drawing at In & Out Food Store on DeKalb Street in Bridgeport, Montgomery County.