Powerball Winners in Fredericksburg Claim Second-Largest Virginia Lottery Prize

Dave and Nancy Honeywell take $136.4 million cash option for winning Powerball numbers.

Dave and Nancy Honeywell won the second-largest prize ever awarded by the Virginia Lottery, Paula Otto, Virginia Lottery Executive Director, said Thursday .

The Honeywell's chose the one-time cash option of $136.4 million before taxes, and received their check on Valentine's Day from Virginia Lottery officials..

Dave Honeywell had purchased the ticket from one of Virginia Lottery’s two Lottery Express machines in the atrium of Richmond Airport as he was leaving on a business trip. "He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket," lottery officials said.

The next morning before a meeting in Denver, he checked the winning numbers on the Lottery’s website.  All six numbers matched.  He immediately called his wife Nancy.  “I thought he might be having a heart attack,” Nancy later told lottery officials.

The winning numbers were 5-27-36-38-41 and Powerball number 12, lottery officials said. 

This is Virginia’s first Powerball jackpot win, lottery officials said. Seven Mega Millions jackpots have been won in Virginia.

Dave and Nancy both work for the Department of Defense, where he's a computer scientist and she’s a project manager.  Neither have immediate plans to quit their jobs. "He said he doesn’t want to quit because he’s in the middle of an important project," lottery officials said. "However, his 13-year-old car with 170,000 miles could soon be history."

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and live on www.valottery.com.

Nora Eldridge February 15, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Congratulations! Glad to see someone from this area has won such a great prize!!
Mike Rodriguez February 16, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Donna Armstead-Woolfolk February 16, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Tom February 16, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Nora Eldridge February 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM
That's pretty mean-spirited. In this economy, and with this disaster of an administration, no one's job or paycheck is safe. I'm glad they won big! Enjoy!
Richard Damian Fitzgerald March 12, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Congrats!!!! I'm next!
jerry March 25, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Way 2go!can I get 100'000?
Mili Bee July 19, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I am so glad to see that someone won. I believe that everything happens for a reason so Congrats. Fyi please be aware that because of your good fortune there are some people that may try to take advantage, I know because I am still receiving emails that specifically say that you are trying to get in touch with me..:-) :-) "SCAM " so be careful God bless Thank you


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