Mr Arthur Martin is a building engineer and avid Powerball player. However, most of the time he buys the ticket as a way to relax. “It was way to daydream. I always imaged what would I do if I become a millionaire. It helped forget a little about the daily grind and helped me recharged for the next day.” Martin explained to Inside Nova. So the last thing that Arthur was expecting was becoming the latest Powerball winner.
Arthur Martin was so confident he was never going to win that he never checked the draw. For the man, the bags of money were for other people. “I think that God blesses those in need. That is why I never saw myself as a winner. It was a nice thought, but I have a roof over my head and food on my plate. So I was never a person in need.” The engineer explained to the online magazine. Whether you are a person of faith or not, you cannot deny that he never took his losses as a bad thing. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to help others.
“My family and I always donate at the local church and make sure to help those less fortunate. So I saw losing the lottery as another way to help someone who needed it more than we do.” All good deeds do not go unnoticed. The engineer and his family moved from a middle-income family holding a net worth of $759 million after becoming to sole winner of the Powerball draw made on August 23, 2017.
The Virginia Lottery reported the winning numbers, which were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4. However, Arthur did not bother to check the winning numbers. He never did. Instead, the man kept the ticket for a couple of weeks, and when he goes to buy the next ticket, he checks the winning number. That is when his life changed forever.
“It was surreal. I thought I was just donating to the Virginia Lottery Education Fund when I read the winning number,” he said. “Took four days to get over the initial shock.” The money could not have come at a better time. Arthur plans to pay back some of the debts he has recently incurred, as well pay off the house, and take his family for a well-deserved vacation.
Regarding the store owner who sold Mr Martin the ticket, he will be rewarded with a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery and Powerball for selling the winning ticket.