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KY Powerball winners claim $1M checks

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Ralph and Tonkie Staples Ralph and Tonkie Staples

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Three Kentucky residents became millionaires Monday after they picked up their prize checks from Kentucky Lottery Headquarters in downtown Louisville.  

Two of the winners wished to remain anonymous. One won a $1 million Powerball prize from the May 15 drawing. That ticket was sold at Smitty's in Radcliff. Another won in the May 18 drawing with a ticket sold at the Thornton's in Buckner. 

The third winner was Ralph Staples of Paynesville. The 71-year-old retired plumber bought his ticket for the May 18 drawing at the Basham's Corner Mart in Vine Grove. Friends say Staples has been playing for the last 20+ years and plays his numbers daily at Basham's. 

"I'm not going to build no $300 or $400,000 house and buy no $50,000 vehicles," said Staples. 

Staples told Kentucky Lottery officials he plans on getting some nice funeral plots and headstones for himself and his wife, Tonkie.

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