Press Release:

ATLANTA – A Cartersville man has claimed a lucky Powerball ticket worth $1 million. Sonny Nowell, 74, matched the first five winning numbers from the Feb. 20 Powerball drawing, winning a $1 million prize.

“I chose my own numbers,” Nowell said.  “It was nothing other than tracking numbers. I keep my own system.”

Texaco Food Mart, located at 1401 West Ave. in Cartersville, sold the winning ticket.

Winning numbers from the drawing were: 11-12-15-16-54 and the Powerball was 25.

Following the televised drawing, Nowell called the Georgia Lottery’s Player Information Hot Line for the results.

“Then, I called again,” he recalled. “It’s real exciting. I wondered how I got that lucky.”

Nowell and his wife, Dorothy, will celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary in April. They have an adult daughter and two granddaughters.

“This is a great anniversary present,” he shared. “Winning this prize will make life more enjoyable.”

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is an estimated $50 million to a single annuity winner.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play.