Whether you choose your own numbers or choose to have the numbers randomly picked for you, winning the Powerball is still nearly impossible. The odds are 1 in 292 million. But that doesn’t stop people from playing the game.
For 30 years Judy Finchum played the same exact numbers, and finally after decades of choosing numbers that represented the birthdays of special people in her life, her numbers were pulled. Finchum won $133.2 million. But part of that money is going to some very needy folks.
After playing the same numbers for three decades, Finchum finally won the Powerball jackpot.
— Colorado Lottery (@ColoLottery) September 19, 2017
According to ABC News, the 67-year-old purchased an Advanced Play ticket on September 16, her dog Tillie’s birthday, and when she woke up the next morning she was stunned.
Finchum checked her numbers on her phone, then again on her laptop, and when she saw the match, she ran to her husband to wake him up and tell him.
“We stumbled down the hallway together and I said, ‘Now look at these numbers and look at the numbers on the ticket and are those the same?'” Finchum told ABC News.
“Yes, they are,” said her husband Mack.
She already has plans for how she’s going to spend the $133.2 million.
In a press conference where Finchum and her husband accepted the winnings, Finchum declared that she was officially retired and shared what she planned on doing with her new fortune.
Finchum joked with her husband that he could finally buy a new truck to replace his ’96 Ford, but he said he only wanted to replace the tires. So, how else does the couple plan to spend the $133 million?
“It’s going to bless the men and women and the people ravaged by the hurricanes,” Mack said.