Prospect man claims Powerball ticket worth $1 million

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Jackpot winning tickets sold in Missouri, Arizona

By Tracy Harris

A 23-year-old Prospect man got lucky on his first Powerball ticket purchase.

Alex Parker came forward after nearly a week to claim the $1 million ticket sold at the FiveStar Food Mart on U.S. 42.

Parker said it is the first time he's purchased a ticket and picked the numbers randomly. 

The winning ticket has white ball winning numbers: 5, 16, 22, 23 and 29.

The ticket matched all five white balls but missed the Powerball.

Parker said he consulted a financial advisor before coming forward — and was busy studying for his law school admissions test.

He will take home $690,000 after taxes and said he plans to travel and invest most of the winnings.

His mom, Radeana, was already buying tickets for her pool at work when she brought home three extra playslips.

That evening, Parker, along with his mom and dad, each filled out one slip with their own numbers.

His parents told him to initial his ticket so they'd know which one was his, in case he won.

Parker said he didn't realize until the day after the drawing that he had matched the first five numbers.

"I couldn't believe it. I was like, 'Oh man, I won,'" he said.

Radeana said on her way home that night she noticed several news trucks in front of the FiveStar where she bought the tickets.

"I thought to myself that they were probably interviewing the winner," she said — not realizing the winner was in her own home.

In total, there were nearly 125,000 winning tickets sold in Kentucky for last night’s drawing with prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million. 

Kentucky Lottery spokesperson Chip Polston said five tickets each worth $10,000 were sold across the state.

It's that time of year, Polston said.

"December seems like a lucky month," he said. The state's two top Powerball winners were tickets sold in December, including a $128 million one sold Christmas Eve of 2009.

Store owner Newcomb Oil Co., based in Bardstown, will receive a check for $10,000 for selling the ticket. It's up to company officials to decide how to spend the check.

Polston said companies sometimes reward store employees through bonuses or parties.

Powerball officials confirmed two jackpot tickets were sold, one in Missouri and one in Arizona. The winners will split nearly $580 million.

When asked if he would play the lottery again, Parker said he had already picked up a ticket this morning.

"My dad told me, 'When you're hot, you're hot.'"