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Prince George Man Hits $1 Million Lotto

January 16, 2013

When he matched two numbers in the lottery, Keith Copeland flicked on the TV for more light. When he matched three, he flicked on a lamp and thought to himself, "stop playing!"

Copeland matched everything but his Powerball number -- seven -- in Saturday's drawing and won $1 million. Virginia Lottery officials celebrated the winner at the Salem Market on South Crater Road on Tuesday. This is the eighth $1 million dollar prize in as many weeks, and the first in the Tri-Cities recently.

"I've always said I was going to win the lottery. It's like it hasn't phased me yet, but it will," the Army retiree said. "We're going to enjoy a little bit, try to invest some and save."

Copeland, of Disputanta, accepted a big check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto, and a check for $10,000 was presented to the store owners, Andy and Jolly Patel, for selling the winning ticket.

"I'm waiting to get out of here so I can get to the bank and go pick up my new car," Copeland said. There were his and hers Volvos awaiting pickup.

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Source: (c) 2013 The Progress-Index (Petersburg, Va.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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