Preston Couple Finds $100,000 Powerball Ticket Tucked in Sun Visor
Frank Laquitara and his fiancée, Debbie Combs-Long, were driving to visit family in Virginia when she got an email that a winning Powerball ticket worth $100,000 was sold in Connecticut for the August 24 drawing. The Preston couple decided they should take a look at the Powerball tickets tucked in the sun visor of their car.
"Frank checked the tickets while I read the numbers off of the email—we matched four numbers, plus the Powerball," Long-Combs said. "We didn't believe it, even after I repeated the numbers twice and checked the ticket with the Lottery's mobile app. And we didn't tell anybody either, just in case we were wrong. We didn't want to jinx it!"
The winning Powerball numbers for August 24, 2019, were 5 - 12 - 20 - 21 - 47
and Powerball 1. The Power Play number
"Once we got back to Connecticut, I went to a lottery retailer and scanned
the ticket in a ticket checker. When it
said it was a $100,000 winner, that's when I said, 'It's official. We won!'" Laquitara said.
Because Laquitara added Power Play to his Powerball ticket, his original
$50,000 prize was multiplied by 2, the Power Play number drawn, for a total
prize of $100,000.
"We're very grateful—the timing is impeccable," said Combs-Long. "Frank really needs a new car and we couldn't use our boat all summer because we need a new motor."
Laquitara's winning Powerball "Quick Pick" ticket was purchased at the PCG Market at 136 Preston Road, Griswold.