Davis, WV, is home to four churches, four hotels, four places to go camping — the jewel being Blackwater Falls State Park — and now home to a Powerball winner.
West Virginia Lottery officials announced last week that a winning $50,000 ticket was sold in Davis, a town of 660 residents. As of Wednesday, the winner had not come forward. The West Virginia Lottery is waiting to reveal the location where the ticket was sold.
It really shouldn’t be too hard to find. There are only three Powerball retailers in Davis. There’s the Shop N Save on Williams Avenue, the BFS Foods on Blackwater Falls Drive, and the BFS Foods on the Appalachian Highway.
Winner hit four numbers and the Powerball
West Virginia participates in three multistate lottery drawings: Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lotto America. West Virginia Lottery ticket sales generate more than $1 billion a year, with around half of that used to fund education and senior services.
The winning numbers in the April 12 drawing were 9-36-41-44-59-PB 4. The winner hit four of the numbers and the Powerball.
The winner should immediately sign the back of the ticket, then contact West Virginia Lottery officials at (304) 558-0500 to confirm the prize.
Davis touts itself as highest incorporated town in West Virginia
Davis is a small town just off the Blackwater River a few miles north of the Canaan Valley. It’s also close to the Maryland border.
The town website says Davis is the highest incorporated town in the state of West Virginia at 3,520 feet. The mayor is Alan Tomson — wonder if he won the jackpot?
Davis is off I-48 and was a textile, timber, and mining boomtown at the turn of the 20th century. It once boasted a population of over 2,000.
That number has since dwindled. Davis has rebranded itself as a tourist destination for outdoor adventures with its access to mountain terrain for skiing and biking. It has 11 restaurants, including an ice cream shop. Davis is part of Tucker County, which has a population of just under 7,000, making it one of the least-populated counties in West Virginia.
Winning ticket in January sold in Beckley
The last Powerball winner from West Virginia purchased the ticket in Beckley in January (about as far from Davis as you can get). Beckley is a town of approximately 17,000 in the southern part of the state close to Roanoke, VA.
That winner, who was never identified by the West Virginia Lottery, also matched four numbers and the Powerball.
Powerball tickets are $2, or $3 with the Powerplay option added.
The next Powerball drawing is Saturday.