Capitals executive scores with $1M in Powerball winner

Cue the “he shoots … he scores!” call.

Capitals VP of communications Sergey Kocharov just wanted to get some groceries, but as he walked into the store, the Annandale, Virginia, resident recalled that something caught his eye.

“I saw the Powerball sign and said, ‘I may as well try it,’” he said (via the Virginia Lottery).

On an impulse, he bought five lottery tickets for the July 27 drawing, using Easy Pick, which let the computer randomly select his numbers: 1-19-31-48-61, and the Powerball number 6.

When the winning numbers were drawn, Kocharov’s ticket matched the first five numbers to win the $1 million prize.

“I was surprised,” he said. “I always hear about jackpot wins. It feels great.”

And, as frequently happens with lottery winners, Kocharov suddenly had a bunch of friends, to the point that he had to admit that buying the tickets was the idea of his father, who was visiting the D.C. area.

His dad “left a happy man. … Be at work tomorrow,” Kocharov tweeted Monday.

His ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers and one of just three nationwide.

Kocharov isn’t the only winner: The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the ticket.