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Salem mother collects $1 million check after historic Powerball drawing

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SALEM (WSLS 10) -- A Salem woman was presented with a $1 million check from the Virginia Lottery Thursday.

Kelly Cox didn't know much about playing the Virginia Lottery's Powerball game but that quickly changed after her million dollar win.

Lottery officials presented her with an oversized check at the 7-Eleven located at 2305 Roanoke Boulevard Thursday afternoon. The store received $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Cox said she heard of the record setting $1.5 billion dollar jackpot up for grabs and stopped to get a ticket on her way home from work. She asked the clerk to give her "20-dollars of whatever the big jackpot was." She used easy pick to randomly select the numbers.

Cox matched five numbers, one away from the winning the jackpot.

The mother of four said she didn't realize she won until she checked her ticket after a co-worker who heard a winning ticket was sold in Salem jokingly asked if she was the new millionaire from Salem.

Cox said she thought she had to match the numbers in the order they came out but the co-worker told her differently.

"She confirmed I had them all so I called my husband -- woke him up -- and told him that I'd gotten five of the numbers right," Cox said. "He was like 'Oh, that's great baby, congratulations, how much did you win, like $1000? And I was like no, a million and he was like no, no wait, what did you say and I said $1 million and he said you're kidding. I said no, I'm not kidding."

Cox said they'll invest some of the money for retirement and also help their kids who are paying their own way through college.