Inside the wide white walls of Virginia Lottery Office hall
a huge crowd of people gathered, and a local media crew
had also arrived, from all over the town to cheer me on.
The Secretary, Mrs. Rosenthal, rose from her seat and walked
to the lectern. She reached inside her pocket, pulled out
a note and placed it on the lectern. She looked to the crowd lowering
her face to the microphone. She then announced, “The Powerball
lucky winner is Gopes Niraula.” As I heard my name
I emerged from the back door of the room wearing a light brown
coat, a white shirt, silver-gray pants and a pair of black shoes.
The sound of cheers and shouts reached my ears.
As I stood behind the wooden lectern, my body quivered
my hands trembled, and my eyes began to fill with tears.
As the Secretary lifted a giant green check for
215 million dollars and placed it on my hands,
my heartbeat quickened with excitement. I gripped
the edge of the check, held it up high and displayed
it in front of everybody. The cameras flashes went off
their lights almost lit up the entire hall. The sound of
cheers and shouts echoed throughout the hall.
Later, the short-framed man from the crowd
walked up to me, he looked straight in my eye and said,
“What is going through your mind right now?”
I said I feel like I am the happiest person on the Earth.