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Flight Attendant Wins $50,000 on Powerball After Being Rerouted to CVG

A flight attendant saw his flight rerouted to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and that inconvenience turned into a windfall.

The Salt Lake City man, who wishes to remain anonymous, won $50,000 on the January 1 Powerball drawing. The winning ticket matched four white ball numbers and the Powerball.

“I’ve traveled all over the world but the best place I’ve ever been is Hebron, Kentucky,” he told lottery officials, according to a news release. 

After travel delays forced him to make an unexpected stop overnight in Hebron between flights, he took an Uber in search of something to eat early on the morning of December 28 as nothing was open in the airport. As they set out towards Cincinnati, the driver suggested a convenient store that was closer to the airport. 

“I went in the store and while checking out, I thought, ‘I’m going to buy three sets of numbers for three drawings,’” he said. 

He chose the Quick Pick option letting the terminal pick his numbers. 

Since Utah does not have a state lottery, he says he likes to play when he travels, especially when the jackpot is high. 

The jackpot for the first drawing (December 29) on his ticket was worth $441 million.

It wasn’t until he returned home several days later that he checked his ticket. 

“The number seven Powerball jumped out at me at first because my birthday is on the seventh," he said. "I looked at (the ticket) some more and was like, ‘Oh wait a minute, I matched five numbers!’”

Uncertain of how much he had won, he immediately went to the Reddit app where he posted, “I was one number away from winning the jackpot.”

Moments later, someone responded, “You won $50K!”

He proceeded to do research confirming the information he received was correct.

“This is crazy. I’ve never had this much money fall into my lap. It’s amazing,” he said. 

He told lottery officials he put the winning ticket on the refrigerator until he could figure out how to get back to Kentucky. After switching assignments with a coworker so that he’d have a layover in Louisville, he made his way to lottery headquarters earlier this week to claim his ticket.

After taxes, he received a check for $35,500. 

“I’m still in shock," he said. "When I got the check, I was like, wow.”

He says he thinks he’ll use the winnings for a down payment on a house.

Airport Shell in Hebron will receive $500 for selling the winning ticket. 

-Staff report