WHEELING - Firehouse Marathon manager Amy Van Nest has heard her share of bad news lately, so she wasn't expecting much different when her phone rang early this morning.
That all changed when the voice on the other end informed her that her Wheeling Island store had sold someone a Powerball ticket worth a cool $1 million on Wednesday evening.
Van Nest didn't think much of the call from a West Virginia Lottery representative at first, assuming it had something to do with scratch-off tickets.
"She kind of started off with small talk and asking about the weather ... and she said, 'Oh, by the way, you guys sold a $1 million Powerball ticket,'" Van Nest said.
Disbelief soon turned to emotion, and she began to cry.
"I was just so happy that somebody local won this ticket. ... We've sold some little ones here and there, but this is something that is just huge for us."
The winner had not come forward as of press time.
Lottery spokesman Randy Burnside confirmed that a $1 million winning Powerball ticket was sold in the Wheeling area Wednesday evening. He could not confirm the location, citing Lottery policy to wait at least 24 hours before identifying retailers selling winning tickets.
Burnside said the Mountain State has experienced an unusual run of luck lately.
"It's pretty exciting for us, because it's the third $1 million ticket in the state in just one week, which is pretty impressive," Burnside said.
The other two $1 million tickets were sold in Beckley and Man. No one has claimed the ticket sold in Beckley, Burnside said.
Van Nest said she and her employees aren't sure what to expect when and if the lucky ticketholder comes forward.
"I'm a little nervous with anticipation. I don't know what their reaction will be," she said.