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Defense worker wins $217 million Powerball jackpot

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RICHMOND, Va. — A husband and wife who work for the Department of Defense won the Virginia Lottery's $217 million Powerball jackpot, the second-largest lotto prize the state has ever awarded.

Dave and Nancy Honeywell of Fredericksburg, Va. both work for the Defense Department.

Dave Honeywell, a computer scientist, bought the winning ticket at one of Richmond International Airport's Lottery Express stations when he left for a business trip to Denver on Feb. 6.

His winning numbers were 5-27-36-38-41, chosen randomly through Easy Pick's computer system. His prize is the state's first Powerball jackpot win, the Virginia Lottery said.

According to the Virginia Lottery, Honeywell said that he plans to continue working for six weeks to finish work.

After they spoke to reporters at the press conference, the Honeywells declined to comment further to the media.

On Valentine's Day, he and his wife, a project manager, received a giant check at the spot where he bought the ticket. They chose the one-time cash option of $136.4 million before taxes.

VIDEO: Watch the award ceremony

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savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho
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Posted: February 16, 2013, 8:33 am - IP Logged

i know that shakey feeling. when i was watching a draw and was 1 number away  from the pot i thought my heart would burst. I was only in my 20's back then.

gratz to them, good luck keeping sane, and happy.

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    Posted: February 16, 2013, 8:44 am - IP Logged

    Congratulations to the Honeywells....Thumbs Up

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      Posted: February 16, 2013, 9:00 am - IP Logged

      Congrats to the winners! Dance

       

      They look like nice people. Best of luck to them and their future endeavours. White Bounce

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      singlewinnersinglewinnersinglewinner   

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        Posted: February 16, 2013, 9:45 am - IP Logged

        Congrats and enjoy.

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          Posted: February 16, 2013, 10:16 am - IP Logged

          What a circus. This is why I play in Maryland, a state that allows anonymity, rather than Virginia, which can force you into a press conference.

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            Posted: February 16, 2013, 10:36 am - IP Logged

            What a circus. This is why I play in Maryland, a state that allows anonymity, rather than Virginia, which can force you into a press conference.

            I wonder how pissed the lottery would be if you got up and just stood at the podium and not say a single word and just looked around the room........would be a little awkward but id do it

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              Posted: February 16, 2013, 10:39 am - IP Logged

              I wonder how pissed the lottery would be if you got up and just stood at the podium and not say a single word and just looked around the room........would be a little awkward but id do it

              I'm sure the lottery folks and media would make it into a spectacle no matter what little you say.

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                Posted: February 16, 2013, 10:45 am - IP Logged

                I think the overwhelming majority of major jackpot winners are mostly aloof about the whole process. They heard there's a big jackpot and so they say "what the hell" and buy a quickpick or two and take a chance.

                So what the hell, I'm going aloof...

                If I win this way, I'll explain it all in my book.

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                  Posted: February 16, 2013, 10:48 am - IP Logged

                  I wish the Honeywell's the best on their good fortune.

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                    Posted: February 16, 2013, 10:54 am - IP Logged

                    That would drive me nuts if i walked in a room full of people waving white sticks. Looks like a Highschool Football rally. I would try and sneak behind them and screw up their party.

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                      Posted: February 16, 2013, 12:13 pm - IP Logged

                      Man, they won my money! Oh how it irks me when infrequent players win. No I am not politically correct, but I am not jealous or envious either...those folks are the ones who hit up lottery winners for a handout, and I would never do that even if I was broke. Well, when I win, I want to be a one-time comedian...and then go under the radar to enjoy those millions.

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                      The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                        Posted: February 16, 2013, 1:50 pm - IP Logged

                        i know that shakey feeling. when i was watching a draw and was 1 number away  from the pot i thought my heart would burst. I was only in my 20's back then.

                        gratz to them, good luck keeping sane, and happy.

                        Wow, savagegoose, though I've been playing PB and MM, each draw for years, what you speak of has never happened to me.  Thanks for sharing your recollections of that shocking day for you, it pulled me into that feeling!

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                          Posted: February 16, 2013, 2:27 pm - IP Logged

                          Smart people take the cash option.

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                            Posted: February 16, 2013, 4:46 pm - IP Logged

                            Smart people take the cash option.

                            Would you take the cash option if you were living in the 70s and early 80s? When taxes were 70%+? When interest rates were ~10% or nearing 20%?!

                            You'd be poorer today than the person who took the annuity, and investing in the stock market, you would have accept considerably more risk and volatility in your portfolio vs. taking a risk-free government bond.

                            Not always smart to take the cash option.