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POWERBALL: 19-year-old Florida man, first-time player, wins $2 million

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Lottery officials say a 19-year-old central Florida man and first time lottery player used the numbers off someone else’s unpurchased Powerball ticket to win $2 million.

Frederick Walker said there was already a completed play slip at the Sav-A-Ton in Lake Mary where he purchased his ticket and decided to try his hand using those numbers.

“When I heard about the billion dollar Powerball jackpot, I decided to try my luck and buy a ticket,” Walker told the lottery.

He matched five numbers in Wednesday’s drawing to win $1 million, but added an extra feature which doubled his prize to $2 million.

“How lucky that the first time I played, I won,” he said.

This recent series of Powerball rollovers has generated historically high jackpots, causing a bit of lottery fever across the country.

A small-town Tennessee couple bought one of three magic tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot. John and Lisa Robinson said they don’t plan to quit their jobs or buy a new house.

Lottery officials said no one has produced the other winning tickets sold in Florida and California.

Wednesday night’s drawing also produced 11 $1 million winners in Florida. Lottery officials said Florida has produced more Powerball winners than any other state since joining the game in 2009.

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19 -Year -Old SC Man Wins Powerball

Nineteen year-old Jonathan Vargas is the South Carolina construction worker who won more then $35 million in the Powerball lottery.

On the CBS Early Show this morning, he explained what led him to buy the first lottery ticket of his life.

“I was at work one day and I heard numbers in my head. I went out and got me a ticket,” he said.

Those numbers are the ages his siblings and mother will turn this year.

He says he chose the Powerball number with a lucky guess.

Vargas also said he’s giving some money to his church and buying his mom a house.

Nineteen year-old Jonathan Vargas is the South Carolina construction worker who won more then $35 million in the Powerball lottery.