LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Three people got lucky in Kentucky as they matched five numbers to win a $1 million prize in Wednesday night's historic Powerball drawing.
One of those three winners - Linda Windey, a mother of three - headed to the Kentucky Lottery headquarters in Louisville bright and early Thursday morning. Windey did not wake-up a lottery loser like most Americans did. In fact, she realized overnight she had matched the five white ball numbers to win $1 million and, no surprise, with all that excitement she never went to sleep.
After making it to Kentucky Lottery headquarters, the Commonwealth's newest millionaire said she was, "nervous." Windey also said she was still in shock.
Who wouldn't be? At 2:30 a.m. Thursday she realized she was the owner of $1 million on one little piece of paper.
"Actually, I had just got home from work and checked the numbers online and I had no idea it was that big of a prize!" Windey told reporters.
After realizing her windfall, Windey said she couldn't sleep.
"I spent most of the night waking up everybody else in the house," she joked.
Windey bought the ticket at a Kentucky truck stop, the Cincinnati South Travel Center in Walton.
"It helps us that we sold the woman the million dollar ticket," Amber Hall, of the Travel Center, said with a smile, "so now we're going to celebrate!"
The ticket was one of three bought by Windey, who said she plays a couple times a week.
The check is going to someone who needs it. The native New Yorker and mother of three, with children ages 10, 12 and 17, is staying temporarily with family in Ohio and took a job at eBay Enterprise in Walton.
"I was down here visiting because I was having a hard time in New York, a lot of financial trouble," Windey said.
Windey has no plans to quit working, she said. Her winning numbers were 4, 8, 19, 27, and 34 but her Powerball was 26 instead of the winning 10. She has no problem with narrowly missing out on the $1.6 billion record jackpot.
In fact, she's downright giddy about it.
"I was shocked to get what I got!" she laughed.
Before making any purchases or paying bills, however, the former nurse who got the gift of her life, spotted a way to give back right away in Louisville.
"I'm going out to the blood mobile," she said to applause.
The "Give the Gift of Life" blood mobile was parked right outside Kentucky Lottery headquarters on W. Main St. and the latest winner walked right in and gave a pint of blood.
The other two Kentucky cities where the $1 million dollar Powerball tickets were purchased were Hazard and Paducah. Five $50,000 tickets were also sold in the Commonwealth, matching numbers on four of five white balls.