Fredericksburg Couple Claims $217M Jackpot

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RICHMOND, Va. — A Fredericksburg couple has claimed the second-largest jackpot ever won in Virginia.

Media outlets report that David and Nancy Honeywell claimed a $217 million Powerball jackpot Thursday.

David Honeywell bought the winning ticket for the Feb. 6 drawing at a self-service machine at Richmond International Airport before leaving for a business trip.

While preparing for a meeting in Denver the next morning, David Honeywell checked the winning numbers and immediately called his wife when he saw the ticket matched all five numbers plus the Powerball.

“I thought he might be having a heart attack,” she later told lottery officials.

The couple chose the one-time cash option payment of about $136 million before taxes.

Both are employees for the Department of Defense. David Honeywell is a computer scientist and Nancy Honeywell is a project manager.

While neither have immediate plans to quit their jobs, David Honeywell told lottery officials that his 13-year-old car with 170,000 miles could soon be history.

J.R. Triplett of Winchester won a $239 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2004.

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