You can't always judge a lottery ticket by its first win.
Reggie Pearne of Jacksonville bought a Powerball ticket for multiple drawings and won $4 by matching the Powerball number, but nothing else. Days later, he matched five of the six numbers and won $1 million, pushing his win on that ticket to $1,000,004.
Pearne said in a media release he checked to make sure the numbers matched at least nine times. It was 1:09 a.m. when he found out he had won, he said.
He bought the ticket at J'ville Tavern, which will receive $10,000 for selling a million-dollar winner.
Tavern owner Jane Lee said in the release the money will go toward upgrades that were already planned.
"We are a small, local bar and have been here since 1913," she said. "My family has owned the bar for 20 years, so it's nice to know that we can win Powerball too!"
This is the second time a lucky ticket has been purchased at the J'ville Tavern. In 2001, local resident Wayne Reavis won an $8.75 million Megabucks jackpot on a ticket bought at the tavern, though back then it was a few doors down the street.
Pearne's prize was the second-largest won in Southern Oregon this month. Ronald Ceci of Grants Pass won $2 million Jan. 6, from a Powerball ticket sold by The Lil' Pantry Market & Deli in Merlin. He also hit five numbers but selected the Power Play option for an additional $1, which doubled his prize to $2 million.
Pearne missed the $460 million prize by a single number: He had 2-18-37-39-42, but missed the Powerball number of 24 in the Jan. 3 drawing.
"I would say it was a pretty lucky ticket," Pearne said. "If I could have just matched both the Powerball number and the other numbers, well I would have been very lucky."
Lottery players who win jackpots are advised to consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional. Prize winners of more than $50,000 need to contact the Lottery office in Salem to schedule an appointment to claim prizes. The office can be reached at 503-540-1000.