WILMINGTON—On his way home from work every Wednesday, Jon Gamache, of Whitingham, picks up a Powerball ticket at the Wilmington Short Stop Mobil. On Thursday mornings, when the drawing occurs, he wakes up early, before heading to his job at Swan Electric, opens his computer, and checks the winning numbers against the numbers on his ticket.
On June 26, Gamache completed this routine and had cause for celebration as a result. “I checked the numbers on my computer, and I wasn’t quite sure at first. I went downstairs, woke up my wife, and told her she should check this out.”
What Gamache held in his hand was a winning Powerball ticket for $40,000. “I’m not talking hundreds,” he told his wife, “I’m talking thousands.”
Gamache says they’ll put the money toward a vacation to Virginia and deposit the remainder in the bank. And as for his Wednesday routine: “Oh yeah, I’ll pick one up tomorrow on my way home from work.”
According to lottery officials, the winning ticket matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball for the June 26 drawing. By adding the $1 Power Play option, Gamache quadrupled the prize amount of $10,000, to $40,000. The Powerball winning numbers were 01-18-33-39-46 and the Powerball was 33. The jackpot for the drawing was $40,000,000.
Janice Mowrey, manager of the Wilmington location, said it was wonderful when the Lottery confirmed they had sold the $40,000 winning ticket. “We know the winner and he is a local customer; we’re very excited for him.”
Jeff Cavender, director of marketing and sales for the Vermont Lottery added, “It’s great news and stresses the added value the Power Play feature brings to the game. Additionally, Vermont Lottery agents receive an extra commission for all tickets sold in their stores that win $500 or more.”