Million Dollar Ticket Claimed by Collinsville Couple!
Oklahoma City (March 17, 2010) – Marta and David Thirion of Collinsville have claimed the winning Powerball ticket worth $1M. The couple purchased the winning ticket at QuikTrip #42, 9600 N. Garnett Road, in Owasso.
Marta, who plays the Lottery weekly, learned of her win during the early morning hours on March 14.
“It was around 2 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep,” said Marta. “I got up to check my tickets and the winning ticket was the first ticket in my stack. I had to get a magnifying glass to make sure I was seeing the numbers correctly!”
She immediately woke her husband who was skeptical of the win.
“I had to get a cup of coffee to soak it all in,” said David.
Interesting to note, earlier that evening the couple had decided to financially help a mutual friend.
“We would want someone to do the same for us,” said David.
Marta had purchased several tickets because of the high jackpot and received her numbers via Quick Pick. Her winning ticket matched five of five white balls for a $200,000 prize. Then, because she selected the Power Play option, the multiplier was 5x making the prize $1,000,000.
Marta said she always adds Power Play but almost considered forgoing the option this time in order to purchase more tickets.
Self-employed, the couple plans to continue their work but take advantage of their unexpected win with a little relaxation.
“If we want to take the day off to go fishing, we can!” said David.
The Thirion’s also plan to use their funds toward retirement as well as to purchase land for themselves and their children. They say they’ll keep playing the Lottery and appreciate the Lottery’s support of Oklahoma education.
“We’re all for it!” said Marta, who voted for the Lottery. “You can’t win if you don’t play!”
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $322 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds directed to common education, career and technical education and to the higher education capital bond issue through the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund (OELTF). The Oklahoma Legislature appropriates the OELTF.
Proceeds are used statewide to supplement existing funds for a variety of important education purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.