Sistersville Woman Hits Jackpot

SISTERSVILLE – Beverly Swartzmiller was on her way to pick up a pizza last week and decided to take a chance on the Powerball.

Now, Swartzmiller and her husband, Herb, are $2 million richer, after claiming the winning ticket in Charleston on Tuesday.

Beverly Swartzmiller said she doesn’t consistently play the lottery, but randomly decided to, “take a chance” while at the ParMar 10 in Sistersville. She purchased a Powerball ticket – though not without some hesitation.

“I almost didn’t buy a ticket this time,” she said. “As I passed the ParMar it was crowded and decided at first not to get one … however, I changed my mind.”

She purchased five tickets with the Powerplay option for an additional $1, which doubled her prize to $2 million. She is now one of 103 people to win or share a prize of more than $1 million or more in West Virginia lottery history.

Originally from St. Marys, Swartzmiller has lived in Sistersville for 45 years. She said her and her husband have children and grandchildren they plan to help with the winnings, and also plan to give to their church. She said Tuesday’s official announcement in Charleston was “great.”

“I was afraid of losing the ticket,” she said of her rapid response to claiming the prize. “(Lottery officials) treated us like royalty.”

Swartzmiller is the fifth person to win a prize of $1 million or more by matching five numbers from the multi-state lottery games of Powerball and Mega Millions in West Virginia this calendar year.

Through Tuesday, six winners have become millionaires through the West Virginia Lottery – already exceeding last year’s total of five.

Officials are still awaiting prize claims on the outstanding Mega Millions $1 million ticket sold in Belle for the Dec. 17 drawing, and the million-dollar Powerball winning ticket sold in Wheeling for the drawing held Feb. 12.

As for Swartzmiller, she said it’s been relatively quiet thus far.

“News hasn’t gotten out yet,” she said.