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Buffalo Area Lottery Winner Claims $1 Million Powerball Prize

1:04 PM, May 3, 2010   |    comments
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DUNKIRK,N.Y. - You can call it beginner's luck, or as Thomas Velk calls it, a "very lucky mistake."

The 57-year-old Dunkirk resident says he's new to Powerball and checked off the Power Play box on his play slip by mistake, which adds an extra $1 per game. "If I didn't check the Power Play box, the pay out would have been $200,000, not $1 million."

According to the Lottery, Power Play is an optional feature available to all Powerball players. It costs an additional $1 per game, but gives players a chance to multiply their winnings.

The Fredonia State college employee took his prize for matching five numbers from the April 28th drawing as a lump sum payment, netting him $660,300.

Velk and his wife  plan to invest most of the money for retirement; but also have plans for a new car and a down payment on a house for their daughter.

The winning ticket was bought at Matt's News on East 3rd Street in Dunkirk.

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