Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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University of Kansas Employee Claims $2 Million Powerball
A 51-year-old Lawrence man who works for the University of
Kansas is the Kansas Lottery's newest millionaire, times two!
The lucky player, who asked the Lottery not to release his
identity, matched the first five numbers in the May 17 Powerball drawing. The winner
had purchased the Power Play option, which doubled his Match 5
prize from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000.
"I play Power Play for just this reason," said the savvy player.
"If you do win, it more than pays for itself." The Power Play
option, which costs an extra dollar per play, multiplies any prize
won, except for the jackpot.
Not only does this Lawrence player always purchase the Power
Play option, he makes sure he has a ticket for every Powerball
drawing, something he's done for eight years.
"I'm a positive person and I always felt like I'd win," the
winner told Lottery officials. "I thought about the people who've
won and I thought, why not me?"
The winner said he always "mixes it up" - picking some numbers
himself and letting the computer pick some. The winner's $30
multi-draw ticket had five plays for two drawings. He picked two of
the numbers himself, and three were Quick Picks. It was one of the
Quick Picks that gave him his big win. The winning numbers in the
May 17 drawing were 23-32-39-47-49 Powerball 22. The lucky winner
had all numbers but the Powerball. He had 12 for a Powerball number
instead of 22, missing the jackpot by just one digit.
"I'm going to continue to play," said the winner, who along with
other Kansas players will be vying for an estimated $192 million
Powerball jackpot tomorrow night. "The best advice I can give other
players is to play regularly and find an amount you can
consistently and comfortably wager. If you have enough to play, why
After checking his ticket the day after the May 17 drawing and
realizing he had won $2,000,000, the winner signed the back of the
ticket and kept it in his backpack until claiming it at Lottery
"That backpack has gone everywhere with me," said the happy
The Lawrence winner, who is single, said he plans to invest the
majority of his prize money and also do some traveling.
"There are parts of the Caribbean that will see my face," he
The lucky Lawrence resident purchased his $2,000,000 Powerball
Power Play ticket where he always buys his tickets - Dillons 70,
located at 1015 W. 23rd Street in Lawrence. For selling
the multi-million-dollar ticket, the store becomes eligible for a
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