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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A first-time player from Louisville claimed a $1 million Powerball prize on Wednesday.
Alex Parker, 23, bought his winning ticket on the day of the drawing at the FiveStar Food Mart on Highway 42 in Prospect. The ticket matched every number except the Powerball in the record $587.5 million dollar drawing held on November 28. The big prize will be split between two ticket holders in Missouri and Arizona.
"It's kind of like a dream. It's not really real," Parker said of his status as an instant millionaire.
"I started checking the numbers… then I was like, ‘Oh, my God! I won," Parker said.
Like every other winner, Parker has big plans for his winnings. "I've spent the last couple of years studying entrepreneurship, and I've always wanted to start my own business, and if I ever one day take that path, it might make that a little bit easier."
In the short term, however, Parker said he might take a one-month trip.
There's no secret to Parker's Powerball success.
"I picked my own numbers," he said. "I didn't pick the numbers based on birthdays or any significant numbers whatsoever. I looked off into space and just wrote down the first numbers that popped into my head."
Now that he's won, Parker said he intends to keep on playing.
"I actually played this morning," he said. "My dad goes, ‘When you're hot, you're hot. You better go ahead and do it."