CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Tyler County woman said Tuesday she hoped to make life better for her four daughters after collecting a $2 million Powerball check at West Virginia Lottery headquarters in Charleston.

Sistersville resident Bev Swartzmiller missed only the Powerball in Saturday night’s drawing. She played the Powerplay option so she won $2 million instead of $1 million.

Swartzmiller said she really had no plans on playing but decided to stop at the ParMar convenience store in Sistersville after picking up a pizza. She checked the numbers Sunday morning.

“I looked at the numbers and they all came out just like they were on my ticket,” she recalled. “I just started reading ‘2, 5, whoa!'”

Swartzmiller and her husband own a body shop in Sistersville. She said they may take a trip or make some improvements around their house but mainly the money would go to her daughters.

“I want them all to have a better life than what they’ve got,” she said. “I can’t help them a whole bunch but every bit helps.”

Swartzmiller also has eight grandchildren. She said she plays Powerball about twice a month and always chooses the Powerplay option.

She had hoped to keep the news a secret. She had yet to tell her daughters and drove to Charleston with her husband to Lottery headquarters unannounced Tuesday.

“I didn’t want to be interviewed,” she laughed.

Swartzmiller said she also plans to give money to her church.

She took home a lump sum, after taxes, of $1.37 million.


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  • Hillbilly

    Most people prefer to remain anonymous to avoid the long line of people who will soon be at your front door asking for money. Helping people in need (Charity) is one thing Christ commands us to do; but there are so many addicts and lazy ones these days that it is a chore to determine who really needs help and who just wants money for their next fix or drink. Some winners have actually hired people to weed this out for them.

  • john

    The winner is also the mother of Marissa Shepherd who was recently arrested by Tyler County Sheriff's Office after a huge drug bust and ongoing investigation. Drug rehabilitation would be a start to help her daughter.

    • Missy

      Look up the definition of Suboxone. NONE addicting, non habit forming. Is used to recover from addiction. There is someone in your family with demons, guaranteed. Dont spew my name all over this feed because your jealous of my family's luck. Your a pathetic excuse for a human being...

    • Ella

      That daughter will take every bit of it for drugs.

    • gv

      If we all could be as perfect as you John!

    • Larry

      Thanks for the info., if that's the case the money she gets may not last long, drug addict children can be a huge financial black hole. It also makes her statement "I can't help them a whole bunch", more telling.

  • GregG

    It's a shame that a person can't remain anonymous in this state if the hit the lottery. It's not like the state is handing you the lottery ticket for free. In my opinion it should be the winners right to decide if they want to go public.

    • 1smartone

      You can remain anonymous. You go to a lawyer and set up a blind trust. Then your attorney collects the check for you and no one knows who you isn't that difficult. Most people are just hungry for the money...and they think they want that little bit of fame too, until it comes.

      • No

        Not true.

    • Alex

      I agree GregG . I don't understand why everyone in the state and around the country has to know if you win the lottery or not it's not like that in every state. It's a shame it's that way here in West Virginia. WHY WHY ?? Lawmakers.

      • Larry

        The answer is advertising for the lottery. Every time they show some winner up there on the stage, getting that big check, it makes someone think, that could be me, I better run out and spend the rest of my money on Powerball tickets.


    God doesn't require money ., don't fall for that crap about donating to a religion.

    • Ragweed

      All that is required of us is to give as we have been prospered. 1Cor.16:2.

      Scripture also teaches us that we are not to gamble, rather, we should rely on God to provide for us.

    • Mick

      Hey Lee are exactly right...

    • Glory Road

      A little bible lesson for you, sir. You'd better be sure what you're saying before you spew it out, or get spewed out. God Bless!

      And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

      Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

      • wvian

        Hail Satan.

      • The bookman

        John 3:16
        King James Version (KJV)
        16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

        I am also aware of the other passage you quote, but nothing melts down that personal relationship with our Savior and the Father as The Gospel of John Chapter 3, verse 16. It truly is as simple as believing in Him. I believe the passage you quote infers to the many temptations and pitfalls that money and wealth provide. But like many things in the Bible, your faith in the scripture must guide you.

        • Undertheradar

          It makes for a nice story, like the one about Santa Claus, etc.......

          • Fred


            You may think the Bible is just a book full of stories and you have every right to believe what you want. But please think about this.... If you are right and I am wrong, nothing changes for either of us in eternity. But what if my belief in Jesus Christ and a real heaven and real hell is correct.....if that is the case, one of us may be in real trouble eternally. Just please think about it.

          • The bookman

            To each his own...that's why they call it faith!

      • Tom wv