Wheeling Shriner Wins $30,000 Powerplay/Powerball Prize

Gino Burney, a retired miner from Wheeling, said a $30,000 West Virginia Lottery prize “may not change the way I do what I do, but it will certainly help out…it means a Shriner’s trip, as well as a couple others I’m taking, will leave me with a bit more cash.”

The 62-year old Burney won $10,000 from a Powerball ticket purchased at Convenient Food Mart on Bethany Pike in Wheeling, but because he purchase the dollar extra PowerPlay option, that prize was multiplied by three after Wednesday night’s drawing (Feb. 18), according to Lottery Director John Musgrave.

“With every big PowerPlay win, we see a bit more interest in the concept,” Musgrave said.

In addition to Burney’s win, an unclaimed $50,000 PowerPlay win from a ticket purchased at Mountaineer Racetrack in Chester was won Valentine’s Day; the Lottery also awarded $1 million to Jeff McNew of Chesapeake, Virginia on Feb. 5. McNew was the first West Virginia Lottery PowerPlay winner to claim Powerball’s $1 million prize for choosing the option and matching all five of the white balls drawn on Feb. 4.

A grandfather and frequent Powerball player, Burney said he bought three tickets for the drawing held Feb. 18; the winning numbers were “easy pick,” whereby the retailer’s lottery terminal automatically selects them for a player.

The winning numbers were 2-15-39-44-56- PB 15. And as Burney well knows, the PowerPlay multiplier was 3.