“It took me like two weeks at the least to course of it.” Michael Brosnan of Stafford began the yr by successful $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

Lottery winner Michael Brosnan gained $1 million in January. (Courtesy of Virginia Lottery)

Lots of people have lottery fever once more, with the Powerball jackpot reaching $1.23 billion for Saturday night time’s drawing.

It’s the eighth largest jackpot in U.S. lottery historical past. So, how does it really feel to win a bunch of cash enjoying the lottery?

“Dude, it was superb,” mentioned Michael Brosnan of Stafford, Virginia.

Brosnan began the yr by successful $1 million in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle.

He discovered when his father known as him up and mentioned the Virginia Lottery had introduced that one of many $1 million successful tickets was bought at Paddy’s 32 Steakhouse & Pub on Center Street in Stafford.

That’s the place Brosnan purchased his ticket.

He checked the successful numbers and realized that his ticket with the quantity “007094” was one of many large winners.

“My coronary heart began pumping and I ran up and appeared,” Brosnan mentioned. “It was loopy — I jumped up and doubtless dropped about 50 ‘f-bombs.’”

People who play that exact recreation purchase a ticket for $20, and solely 5 $1 million winners in all are chosen.

The odds of successful the million are one in 125,000. To put that in perspective, the chances of successful the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

“It was an superior feeling,” Brosnan mentioned. “It took me like two weeks at the least to course of it.”

Brosnan did take a while to benefit from the money.

He purchased his household a brand new Jeep and took his daughter to basketball video games, shopping for ground seats. But Brosnan mentioned he tried to be sensible about it.

“Luckily, my spouse was capable of calm me down,” Brosnan mentioned. “We’ve invested many of the cash.”

Brosnan mentioned he has accountants in his household as effectively who have been capable of give him recommendation on make investments the cash and the way a lot to put aside for taxes.

“I need to ensure my daughter’s safe with faculty, and it’s going to hopefully result in an early retirement,” Brosnan mentioned.

Brosnan nonetheless performs the lottery. In reality, he’s an avid Powerball participant, so he’ll be maintaining a tally of the successful numbers this weekend.

“It’s simply one thing I’ve all the time carried out,” Brosnan mentioned. “You can’t win until you are taking an opportunity.”

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