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Million Dollar Winner Gives Back

Linda Windey receives her $1 million check

Linda Windey receives her $1 million check

Our first $1 million winning ticket from the record-breaking Powerball drawing has been claimed, the Kentucky Lottery said on its Facebook page today (Jan. 14).

Linda Windey receives her $1 million check
Linda Windey receives her $1 million check

Linda Windey, a Parish, NY, native who was staying with relatives in Ohio due to her temporary job with eBay, purchased three Powerball tickets at Cincinnati South Travel Center on Richmond Road in Walton, Kentucky.

She discovered one of them matched five numbers in Wednesday’s record $1.6 billion drawing after checking the winning numbers when she got home from work.

Linda Windey heads out to donate a pint of blood.
Linda Windey heads out to donate a pint of blood.

And in one of the most interesting twists to a winner story we’ve ever seen, Linda noticed the Bloodmobile parked in front of lottery HQ this morning for a regularly-scheduled employee blood drive.

Saying she felt like she needed to give back “after having a million dollars fall out of the sky,” after her news conference she tucked her $1 million check under her arm, marched out to the Bloodmobile and donated a pint of blood.