Louisiana couple thought they won $1K in Powerball Lottery, actually won $1M

Nadine Kalinauskas
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David and Joyce Hebert of Slidell, Louisiana, won $1 million in the massive November 28 Powerball Lottery. At first, however, they assumed they won just $1,000.

Both had purchased a ticket with the hopes of winning part of the $587.5 million jackpot. Not a single number on David's ticket matched the winning numbers, he told WDSU. Joyce's ticket matched all five white ball numbers, missing only the Powerball number.

"I thought I only won $1,000," she told lottery officials.

"Slidell resident David Hebert remembers telling a news crew outside of his local Winn Dixie store that he did not purchase the $1 million ticket sold there during last week's record Powerball drawing. Lucky for him, his wife did," said a statement from the Louisiana Lottery.

"I tried not to get emotional," David Hebert said at the Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge. After taxes, the couple took home $700,000.

Their grandchildren are urging them to buy a new boat with their winnings.

What would you do with $1 million?