A Boeing employee who purchased the winning ticket after seeing the jackpot hit $747 million just days after the company delivered its final 747 jumbo jets was the woman who won the fifth-largest prize in Powerball history.
In a news release issued by state lottery officials on Friday, Becky Bell of Auburn, Washington, claimed that she had already bought one ticket when, on Sunday, February 5, she went grocery shopping with her daughter and noticed on a vending machine display that the prize had increased to $747 million.
Bell often spends $20 weekly on lottery tickets, but she said this was a sign, and she felt compelled to purchase one more.
She recalls thinking, “That might be me,” the morning after the drawing when she saw a news report about the winning ticket being sold in Auburn. But she didn’t have time to check her statistics immediately because of a 6:20 a.m. appointment meeting.
After that, she contacted another daughter and woke up her son and daughter to check and double-check them.
Bell claimed, “I’ve never won more than $20. “As a result, you can understand how shocked I was to realize what had just occurred. I simply started crying.