Covington man claims million dollar lottery prize

LOUISVILLE, KY (FOX19) - A Covington man has claimed a Powerball ticket worth $1 million.

Joseph Bennett, 69, of Covington, claimed the prize Monday at lottery headquarters.

The winning ticket was sold at the Remke Market in Taylor Mill for Saturday's drawing. Lottery officials say this is the first ticket sold in Kentucky to win a guaranteed $1 million second prize in the new enhanced game.

While at Remke Market buying groceries on Saturday afternoon, Bennett asked the store clerk how much the Powerball jackpot was worth.

"When she told me $146 million, I thought I'd better buy a ticket," he said.

Bennett purchased a $4 ticket (two lines of numbers), letting the machine pick his numbers.

It wasn't until early Sunday morning when Bennett was checking his ticket that he discovered he'd matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball to win the game's second prize.

After looking over the numbers several times, he went and woke up his wife, Ada.

"I think we've won," he said, as he handed her the ticket.

Joseph was thinking the ticket was worth $100,000. Wanting confirmation, the couple called Remke's to let them know they thought they'd won.  Melanie, the store clerk on the phone, was able to confirm that the store has sold a winning Powerball ticket and asked them to read off their numbers on the ticket.

"I felt like my legs were going to go out on me," Ada told lottery officials.

After taxes, Bennett received a check for $690,000.  The couple plans to pay off bills and would like to take their 14-year-old twin grandsons that live with them to see Hawaii.

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