Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 | 3:37 p.m.
A Las Vegas mail carrier has been identified as the winner of a $779,264 Powerball prize from a drawing last week.
A news release from the California Lottery said the postal worker, E.J. Felipe, waited three hours to purchase a lottery ticket in Primm, Calif., before the Jan. 9 drawing. His ticket matched the first five numbers in the $900 million drawing. Had he matched the Powerball number, he would have won the jackpot.
The release said Felipe purchased the ticket among a batch he shared with 14 of his wife’s co-workers. The group agreed it would split any prize money 15 ways.
Felipe said he planned to pay off debts with his share of the winnings — “and if there’s more money, taking a vacation, possibly to Disneyland.”