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Chesterfield nurse wins $150k in Powerball jackpot

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) – A Chesterfield nurse has won the $150,000 Powerball jackpot.

Jennifer Cates decided to buy Powerball tickets after noticing the Powerball amount on a billboard.

“Hey, it might be time to buy one,” Cates said.

Cates bought her tickets online through Virginia Lottery’s website for the December 23, 2020 drawing.

One of those tickets ended up being a $150,000 winner.

“It feels so good!” Cates later told Lottery officials. “I’m in shock!”

The winning numbers for that drawing were 6-13-38-39-53, and the Powerball number was 6. Her ticket matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally that would win $50,000 in Powerball.

However, when she bought the ticket, she spent an extra dollar for Power Play®, which tripled her prize from $50,000 to $100,000.

Cates, a registered nurse, says she may use her winnings to buy a new vehicle.

The Virginia Lottery gives players the ability to purchase Powerball, Mega Millions and Cash4Life tickets online, along with many new instant games that are only available online.

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A Chesterfield nurse has won the $150,000 Powerball jackpot.

Nurse Working on Coronavirus Frontlines Wins $1M Lottery: ‘I Had Been Praying for Something’

“Just seeing some of the things that I’ve had to see, I am very thankful,” nurse Terri Watkins said after winning the $1 million prize in the North Carolina Education Lottery

A nurse from North Carolina who has been helping patients throughout the coronavirus pandemic has just received a well-earned reward.

Terri Watkins of Durham, North Carolina, recently took home the $1 million prize after her entry was picked from over 513,000 submissions in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Supreme Riches second-chance drawing.

Winners of the drawing are typically called or emailed to be notified about their prize, the group said on their website.

“I thought that it was a scam. I was a little upset actually!” Watkins told the lottery. “I thought that it was not real, couldn’t be real. It’s still something that I really don’t believe, I’m still in some shock here.”

Watkins said she works as a nurse in the COVID unit at a long-term care facility and has experienced so much since the pandemic started early last year.

“Just seeing some of the things that I’ve had to see, I am very thankful,” she said. “I had been praying for something to help me with this situation. It really is a great thing. I’m very blessed.”

According to the lottery, Watkins chose to take home the lump sum of her winnings instead of receiving 20 $50,000 yearly payments. In the end, she received $424,500 after required state and federal tax withholdings.

“I’m just gonna take it slow and easy and figure out what I’m gonna do,” said Watkins. “I would love a new home, but I’ve just got to take time and put it in the right place.”

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"Just seeing some of the things that I've had to see, I am very thankful," nurse Terri Watkins said after winning the $1 million prize in the North Carolina Education Lottery