23-year-old Prospect man claims $1 million Powerball prize - WDRB 41 Louisville News

23-year-old Prospect man claims $1 million Powerball prize

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- A 23-year old man has stepped forward, claiming he bought the winning lottery ticket from a Prospect gas station worth $1 million.

Oldham county resident Alex Parker had never played the lottery before. At the urging of his father and mother, the three filled out Powerball tickets for last week's $550 million jackpot. Alex says he picked his numbers at random.

"I know it's all probably still dumb luck, put it's still pretty cool," Parker told WDRB News during an interview Tuesday.

Parker matched five numbers but missed the Powerball in last week's half billion dollar jackpot. That means he still wins a million dollars before taxes.

A message left for Chip Polston of the Kentucky Lottery was not returned Tuesday night.

"That's the first thing I said is - once we found out that it was a winning ticket - and I was like 'Oh my God, I was only one (digit) off. And my mom said that's where the greed starts. But no I'm just happy to win what I did," Parker told WDRB's Bennett Haeberle.

His father, Sam, encouraged him to initial the back of his ticket after all three family members bought them before the drawing.

"I was confident I had the winning ticket," said Sam Parker, who didn't release the real winner was sitting across from him at the kitchen table.

Parker says he plans to invest the money and perhaps use it to avoid student loans if he goes to graduate school. He took the LSAT this week after realizing he had already won the lottery.

His only regret -- he didn't check the power play box that would have doubled his money.

As for how he picked the winning numbers? Parker says it was completely random.

"One number after another just randomly popped in my head and I just bubbled in the first number I thought of," he says.

Parker plans to visit the Kentucky Lottery Wednesday morning to certify his winning ticket. He has already consulted with a financial advisor.

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