A man from Louisville is bidding farewell to his career as a school bus driver after striking it rich with a $100,000 win on a Kentucky Lottery Powerball ticket.
James Keown, who has been working at Jefferson County Public Schools for 11 years, hit the jackpot by matching four white ball numbers and doubling his winnings with a Power Play during the lottery’s August 19th drawing, as confirmed by lottery officials. Upon receiving this life-changing news, he decided to retire.
Keown expressed, “I called my boss on Sunday and informed him, ‘I’ve won the lottery, and I won’t be returning.’… I cherished my job, but retirement had been on my mind for some time,” as he shared in a statement provided to the Kentucky Lottery.
He recounted his disbelief, saying, “I checked the numbers four times… I thought the number had to change, but it didn’t. The first time, I saw that I had won $50,000, and then I realized I always play the multiplier, so I double-checked, and the multiplier was 2.”
The Lexington Herald-Leader noted that the chances of winning the initial $50,000 prize, not accounting for Keown’s increased prize, are 1 in 913,129.18.
Upon realizing that his total winnings amounted to $100,000, Keown promptly contacted his wife, Monta, who expressed her excitement, saying, “I’m absolutely thrilled and happy for him.”
After taxes, Keown pocketed $71,500 and said farewell to one less career concern. He and his wife plan to use their newfound wealth to support local cat rescue shelters and purchase a lakefront property, as per the lottery’s statement.
Additionally, the Circle K convenience store where Keown purchased the winning ticket will receive $1,000.
This news of Kentucky’s latest lottery winner comes a month after a lottery ticket in Florida was revealed to be the winner of the $1.58 billion Mega Millions jackpot. The ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Neptune Beach, Florida, breaking a streak of 31 consecutive Mega Millions draws without a jackpot winner.
Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin congratulated the Florida Lottery for selling the winning ticket, expressing congratulations to the jackpot winner and the millions of other winners at various prize levels throughout the jackpot’s duration.
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