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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A retired Richmond Army veteran was just one correct number away from winning the $587 million Powerball jackpot. Instead, Louis Daniels won $1 million for matching the first 5 numbers drawn on November 27.

"I almost had a heart attack when I read the numbers," said the retired Army Sergeant Major. "It's hard to comprehend."

Daniels bought the lucky ticket at the Kroger on Lombardy Street. He was one of four Virginians to win $1 million in that night's drawing. The other three tickets were bought in Arlington, Daleville and Harrisonburg. The winning numbers were 5-16-22-23-29, and the Power Ball number was 6. Daniels used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Ron Peyton also won $1 million in the Powerball drawing just a week later. He bought his ticket for the December 5 drawing at the Ocean Grocery on Venable Street. Peyton also used Easy Pick to select his numbers. The winning numbers for the December 5 drawing were 13-17-19-27-38, and the Powerball number was 12.

"It just hit me," he said. "My head started pounding. I was really excited."

The two men received their checks from the Virginia Lottery Friday. Each store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling a $1 million ticket.

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