If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
That's what Aida Chua did each week in her weekly tradition of buying Powerball tickets — two each on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
It finally paid off. Chua won $2,663,348 in the Saturday, April 18 drawing, lottery officials announced Tuesday.
Luck was on her side when the tickets Chua asked her sister to buy at a Southern California Vons near her sister's workplace were winning numbers.
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"An employee came over and told my sister that we may be winners." Chua told lottery officials. "I was so happy I had to call all my family and tell them after I double checked the numbers."
Those numbers — 31, 22, 13, 23, and 29 — were inspired by birthdays, Chua said. The only one missing was 17, the Powerball number.
Chua, who isn't working, plans to open a business and travel to Europe with family, officials said.
Vons will receive a bonus of $13,316, or .5 percent of the prize, lottery officials said.
The odds of winning the full grand prize are about 1 in 176 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The chance that Chua matched all numbers minus the Powerball was about 1 in 5.1 million.
The current estimated jackpot is $60 million, according to the association.