Kenneth Ricketts was watching the news when he saw his lottery numbers displayed on the television for the Aug. 31 drawing.
The numbers — except for the Mega Ball number — were the same. The correct pick won Ricketts $250,000.
“I got pretty excited and nervous,” he told Virginia Lottery officials.
His winning numbers were 8-18-22-40-44. If he had matched the Mega Ball number, 11, he would have won part of the $330 million jackpot.
Four tickets did hit the jackpot in that drawing, including one purchased in Buckingham, Va.
Ricketts’ ticket was one of four that won $250,000. His number was picked by the computer, and his ticket was purchased at Red Roof Discount Cigarette Center in Weber City.