By: Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE — They didn't win the Powerball jackpot but two lucky Floridians have stepped forward to become instant millionaires.
Lottery officials say 61-year-old Joseph Kozlowski of Jacksonville Beach claimed a $2 million prize from the Aug. 3 Powerball drawing and 43-year-old Melissa Weinmann of Pensacola claimed a prize worth $1 million in the multi-million drawing Aug. 7.
Three other million-dollar tickets purchased in Florida had not been claimed by Friday morning, lottery officials said. Three tickets — two sold in New Jersey and one in Minnesota — matched all five numbers and the Powerball to earn the multi-million jackpot from Aug. 7.
Kozlowski bought his ticket at Terry's Country Store in Jacksonville Beach, officials said. The store will receive a $5,000 commission for selling the $2 million Powerball ticket.
Weinmann bought her ticket at a Circle K store in Pensacola. It was a Quick Pick, officials said.
She told lottery officials her husband is stationed at NAS Pensacola and is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marines. She said they had been experiencing some financial difficulties and are now looking forward to taking their grandson to Disney World to celebrate his 5th birthday. She is also planning to pay off their debt and set up a college fund for the grandchild.
The winning numbers in the Aug. 7 drawing were 21-24-36-42-45 and the Powerball was 15.