A $217 million Powerball jackpot was won by couple in Virginia who claimed the winnings on Valentine's Day, the Daily Mail reported Friday.
The winning couple work for the US Department of Defense.
The Mail’s headline reads, “Defense Department married couple win $217m Powerball jackpot - and announce their retirement “
The lucky $217 million lottery winners are David and Nancy Honeywell. The jackpot is the second-largest in Virginia history.
The Honeywells claimed the winnings on Thursday. (Scroll down for video.)
David Honeywell said that he purchased the winning ticket for the Feb 6 drawing at the Richmond airport. He was on his way to a business trip.
When Honeywell checked the numbers the following morning and couldn’t believe his eyes. He had the winning numbers: 5-27-36-38-41. He called his wife immediately.
“I thought I was having a heart attack,” he told Powerball officials.
Winning jackpot options
The winning couple had the option of taking a lump sum of $136.4 million instead of the $217 annuity. Almost all the Powerball winners chose a lump sum. The Honeywells have told lottery officials they would like to take the lump sum.
Defense Dept Workers
Nancy Honeywell is a US Defense Dept project manager. David Honeywell is a computer scientist.
The couple said they plan to retire very soon. What do they plan on doing with the jackpot? David Honeywell said he drives a 13-year-od car with 170,000 miles on it, so you can bet a new car is high on the list.
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