Walden Bruce of Buckeye, Arizona was driving through Pearce, Arizona (just where that is, in a bit) stopped in this small town and purchased a few Powerball Quick Pick tickets for the February 11, drawing at the Giant gas station and convenience store and left the tickets in his truck
Then the day before Valentine’s Day, Walden went to the store to buy flowers for his wife. He also had his Powerball ticket checked. To his surprise, the clerk explained that he was a winner of more money than the store could pay out, so the clerk gave him the paper work to fill out, but had no idea how much he’d won.
When he got home, Walden called the Lottery and that’s when he found out he was the holder of one of Arizona’s two, $1 million Powerball tickets from that February 11 drawing.
On Valentine’s Day, Walden gave his wife Becky the bouquet of flowers and a very special card. When she opened it, there was a $10 Powerball ticket inside from the February 11 draw.
Her first thought was it was worth $10. Walden told her take another look at the numbers. He reminded her about the winning ticket that she’d heard about on TV had been sold in Pearce, Arizona. That’s when he told her that she was holding winning ticket. Somehow, he’d managed to keep the win a secret until he gave her the flowers and Valentine’s card.
Walden and Becky are ecstatic about their win. The couple retired a few years ago from the field of electrical maintenance. They now have time for the things they enjoy. In addition to spending time with their family, both are avid golfers, love to travel, and attend various professional and amateur sporting events. The couple plan to share their win with their immediate family.
Now, I’ll bet you’d like to buy a ticket at that lucky Giant station in Pearce, AZ – But just where is this town? Well it’s nowhere near Buckeye, that’s for sure. This quiet little town is 80 miles east of Tucson, between Benson and Wilcox, off Interstate 10 on state route 191. It is part of the Ghost Town Trail in Cochise County. You’ll find old gold mines, dude ranches, Texas Canyon with its amazing balance rock formations and the historic Chiricahua Mountains. It’s a beautiful place to visit, and while you’re there, pick up a few Arizona Lottery tickets. Then after you hit it big – buy a small ranch in the pristine southern Arizona town.
PHOTO: New Arizona Lottery Executive Director Tony V. Bouie presenting check to newest millionaires Walden and Becky Bruce
PHOTO: Sunglow Dude Ranch in Pearce, AZ