HOW IT ALL BEGAN FOR POWERBALL WINNER BRAD DUKE
Brad Duke usually cycled on a Saturday morning and the morning of 28th May 2005 was no different. He stopped at Jackson’s Food Mart in southwest Idaho to buy some fuel for his car and himself, and decided to play Powerball, using what he hoped would be his winning Powerball numbers . He rode a good race, coming in third, had drinks with friends and then went home. Duke didn’t even think about the Powerball lotto results until a friend mentioned that someone in the area had won $220.3 million and they hadn’t come forward yet to claim their Powerball prize.
On his way home that evening, Duke stopped for fuel at Stinker Station and asked for his Powerball lotto ticket to be put through the machine. The girls in the store started screaming hysterically, telling Duke that he had the winning Powerball numbers. Duke was now in a state of shock and carefully took his winning ticket from one of the girls and left the store and sat in his truck. He is not sure to this day, whether he actually paid for his fuel or not.
Duke then rang his Dad from the truck to tell him about the Powerball results. He told his Dad to sit down as he had some news for him. “What, did you get married?” John Duke asked his son. “No, not that,” Brad replied. “Oh, then you must have won the lottery,” John replied. “Well, yeah, Dad I did. All $220 million of it,” Brad replied.