Martinsburg Magistrate Claims $79 Million Powerball Jackpot; Winner Chooses $44 Million Cash Option

After a couple of sleepless nights, W. Randy Smith, 63, of Martinsburg today claimed more than $44 million, the cash option from Saturday’s (Aug. 21) $79 million Powerball drawing.

Lottery Director John Musgrave said the exact prize total was $44,347,250.99; federal taxes totaled more than $11 million; state taxes totaled nearly $3 million.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin referred to Smith as, “a dear friend I have known since serving as Secretary of State. There isn’t a finer public servant.” “I couldn’t be happier for Randy. While this is a great day for him and his family, it is a very good day for West Virginia. Since Randy lives here, the prize money and the taxes will stay right here at home, a win-win situation for everyone.”

Smith is a Berkeley County State Magistrate, who previously served two terms as Sherriff. Known locally as a Good Samaritan who has helped stranded travelers, Smith bought his winning ticket from Mountaineer ROCS in Martinsburg.

Steve Roach, Vice-President and COO of Roach Energy, corporate owner of Mountaineer ROCS, was on hand at today’s news conference to receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

With two grown daughters and three grandchildren, Smith said he puts family first, adding that the win will change his life “drastically.” “The timing of this could not have been more perfect. My grandson told me that he said a prayer Saturday, asking that I win the jackpot . . . we have had some illness in the family, and I take care of a disabled sister. I don’t intend to enable my children to be idle, but I do plan to buy them homes; I’ll immediately replace my car and truck, as they both have over 150,000 miles on them.”

Asked whether he would continue with his job, Smith did not hesitate. “I certainly plan on fulfilling my obligations to the public. Whether I fill out my term is not certain, but I’ve worked hard since I was 10 years-old. I mowed grass, worked for a manufacturing plant, in the county orchards and in welding. I know the importance of honest work and plan to stay productive.”