Kentucky couple claims $2M lottery prize

SYMSONIA, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky couple claimed a $2 million lottery prize this week.

Rickie Melton’s winning ticket matched the five white ball numbers but not the Powerball number to win the game’s second prize of $1 million, according to the Kentucky Lottery. Because he added the Power Play option to the ticket, it doubled his prize in the Nov. 5 drawing.

Melton and his wife, Karen, walked away with a check for $1,420,000 after taxes on Wednesday.

“It’s been nerve-wracking knowing we’ve won and having to hold on to the ticket until Wednesday,” Melton said in a news release from the Lottery.

The Symsonia couple told officials they already have an appointment with a financial planner to invest some of their winnings. They also plan to take an Alaskan cruise and buy a new car.

During the latest jackpot run, the Kentucky Lottery awarded three other prizes in the millions. An as-yet-unclaimed ticket sold in Midway for Saturday night’s drawing won $1 million. In the October 17 drawing, a Bowling Green couple won $2 million by adding the Power Play feature. A winner from Crittenden won $1 million on the August 31 drawing.

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