OAK GROVE, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Kentucky mother had a special surprise for her husband after a doctor’s appointment, and it wasn’t another baby.

Jacalyn Armstrong, from Oak Grove, had just left an obstetrician-gynecologist appointment when she called her husband Jonathan at work

“I told him I had some news, and at first, he didn’t believe me,” Jacalyn said. You could tell I was in tears, and he thought I was going to tell him I was pregnant. “My mom thought the same thing when I called her,” she said. “I was like, what is wrong with you all?”

“The Powerball news was just as exciting,” Jonathan said.

Jacalyn Armstrong, from Oak Grove, at the Kentucky Lottery Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. (Kentucky Lottery)

The couple told Kentucky Lottery they have three children, the youngest being just six months old.

Jacalyn told lottery officials she doesn’t play the lottery often.

“When it (jackpot) gets big, my co-workers talk about it,” she said. “One of them even said, “You should buy a ticket.”


She said it had been a while since Jacalyn had played online, so she had to first get her password reset before being able to purchase her tickets.

“I hadn’t even told him (husband) that I bought tickets, so he was even more surprised,” she said.

Jacalyn purchased six Powerball tickets for the Oct. 4 drawing. The winning ticket matched the five white ball numbers winning the game’s $1 million second prize. Since adding Power Play to her tickets, her prize doubled from $1 million to $2 million.

Jacalyn, along with her husband and children, had plans to visit Jonathan’s family, who live in Pennsylvania, over fall break and made plans to stop at the lottery office on their way back home from their visit.


After taxes, Jacalyn received a check for over $1.4 million.

The couple said they plan to give some money to their church, purchase a larger home, and buy a new car.