While Albert Graham’s $40 in Powerball tickets didn’t land him the big $1.586 billion jackpot, the retiree is $638,146 richer today after he matched five of six numbers (04-08-19-27-34), missing only the Powerball number of 10, in Wednesday’s record-setting Powerball jackpot. The latest of the “California Lucky Dozen” came forward late yesterday afternoon to claim his prize at the California Lottery’s District Office in Sacramento.
The 79-year-old said he, like most Californians, bought tickets after finding out the jackpot had grown so large. “I knew I had to buy tickets.”
Graham told the Lottery that he was relaxing Wednesday night after the Powerball drawing when his tech-savvy wife looked up the results on her iPad. “My wife Carol said I had five of the numbers and only missed the Powerball number by four digits,” he said, referring to the fact that he had the Powerball number of 6 instead of the winning number 10.
So what does it feel like to be only four numbers away from being part of a $1.586 billion jackpot? “I was disappointed in missing only the Powerball number. But then my wife said ‘How are you disappointed?,’” Graham said jokingly.
The lucky ticket was purchased at the Chevron station at 404 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. The Grahams are residents of Carmichael, near Sacramento, and they were in Santa Cruz vacationing at their condo.
So what does the retired concrete worker and manufacturer plan to do with his newfound windfall? “I will probably give the money to my kids and grandkids. We also might take a trip to Hawaii.”