"I saw the Powerball sign and said, 'I may as well try it,'" Kocharov said.
The winning numbers were 1-19-31-48-61, and the Powerball number was 6, according to the Virginia Lottery. Kocharov's ticket was the only one in Virginia to match the first five numbers and one of three nationwide, lottery officials said.
While Kocharov would not comment beyond his statement to the Virginia Lottery, he did give his father credit for his windfall.
"Let it be known that this idea was all from my old man," Kocharov tweeted. "Couldn't be more happier for my dad — the hardest working family man and my role model. Be at work tomorrow."