TENAFLY, N.J. — Two friends from Rockland County will be splitting a $1 million Powerball ticket they purchased from Stop & Shop in Tenafly in February.
Elphine C. and Virgilio C. are good friends and they often purchase Lottery tickets together.
They purchase a few tickets for a drawing when the jackpot is large. Elphine is also a Pick-4 fan and plays as often as she can. "I've played my birthday and won - but it was a long time ago."
Elphine purchased five game boards for the February 15 Powerball drawing, when the jackpot hit $317 million, for the two of them to share. The rule is that when they purchase shared tickets, the one who buys the ticket will send a photo of it to the other, and she had done just that.
After the Powerball drawing, Elphine had noticed that the jackpot increased. She assumed their ticket was not a winner and neglected to check the numbers against the ticket.
Fortunately for the two, Virgilio did compare the drawn numbers with their ticket numbers, using the photo as reference. He realized that in fact they had a big winner.
Worried that she may have discarded the ticket, he confirmed with Elphine that she still had it. Luckily for them both, she did because it was a $1 million winning ticket.
Their lucky retailer is Stop & Shop, 32 West Railroad Ave., Tenafly in Bergen County.
When asked what they will do with their winnings, they each said they will do some home repairs.