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West View man claims $1 million Powerball ticket

Matthew Brown of West View bought a winning $1 million Powerball ticket at Super Stop in Rankin on May 23, 2014, the Pennsylvania Lottery said. The Pennsylvania Lottery released this photo of Brown and his wife, Jennifer.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 10:06 a.m.
 

Matthew Brown carried a weight on his shoulders the morning of May 27.

The married father of three children knew that his cell phone service was about to be shut off because he didn't have enough money to pay his bill.

Also, he had almost no gas in his car.

Then he checked his Powerball lottery ticket for the May 24 drawing.

The weight was lifted.

The West View resident claimed a $1 million Powerball ticket, the Pennsylvania Lottery said on Wednesday.

“It's absolutely nothing short of a blessing from God,” said Brown, 38.

He will receive a cash payout, minus 25 percent federal withholding, lottery spokesman Gary Miller said.

Brown bought the winning ticket at Super Stop in Rankin, the lottery said.

He plays the Powerball at the convenience store from time to time and spent $6 on three Quick Picks on May 23, he said.

He checked the ticket numbers online a few days later.

“At first, I didn't believe it. I thought someone was playing a joke on me,” he said, according to the lottery's website.

After checking the ticket at the store, he called his wife, Jennifer, to tell her the news.

Believing that her husband was joking, she hung up on him, he said.

Brown is a part-time police officer in Rankin but typically works close to 40 hours a week, he said. His wife works in health care.

The lottery winnings will relieve their financial stress, but the Browns plan to continue working, Matthew Brown said at his home on Wednesday evening.

“We're going to be smart about it. We have professionals lined up to advise us. I'm going to take care of my children's futures,” he said.

His Rankin police colleagues are treating him as they always have — with respect, he said.

“They have wished me nothing but the best,” he said.

Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or tparrish@tribweb.com.

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