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Retired Horse Trainer Is $2 Million WV Lottery Winner

Reported: May. 6, 2014 4:01 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – A retired horse trainer is the latest big West Virginia lottery winner – this time a $2 million prize.

Angel Gonzales of Ranson was introduced Tuesday at a news conference in Charleston as the winner of a Powerball prize from last Saturday’s drawing, according to a news release from the lottery.

“I am overwhelmed,” Gonzales said. “I will use this money to help take care of my children, my grandchildren and my great grandchildren.”

Gonzales, originally from Puerto Rico, is a retired horse trainer who moved to West Virginia in 1979. He was joined at the news conference by his wife Ana, his son Angel Gonzales III, his daughter-in-law Melissa and his sister-in-law Norma. Gonzales and his wife have 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He played his own number, just like the two other match-5 winners from West Virginia did for Saturday’s drawing, except he paid an extra $1 for the Power Play option and as a result, had his winning amount automatically increased to $2 million. He bought the ticket at the Ranson Shell on Fairfax Boulevard in Ranson.

Gonzales is an avid lottery player who plays Mega Millions and Powerball weekly and several of West Virginia’s in-state games. He is a previous Daily 4 winner and he saids his Powerball win is much needed.

“I was watching the television and reading the numbers off of my ticket as they were listed,” Gonzales said. “I kept saying come on with each number and then I realized I had five. I immediately called my daughter in Puerto Rico and told her you will not believe this.”

West Virginia has been on a lucky streak in terms of producing $1 million or more winners from multi-state lottery games this year. Counting this past weekend’s three winners and a still unclaimed $1 million Powerball ticket that was sold for the Feb. 12 drawing in Wheeling, West Virginia has had 10 tickets from the multi-state lottery games of Powerball and Mega Millions sold and/or claimed this year.

Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot is now $92 million and Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is an estimated $70 million.

-- West Virginia Lottery Photo



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