Thursday, October 18, 2012
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Sabetha Resident Wins $10,112 and He's Off to the
Harold L. Cook, a 59-year-old Sabetha resident, received a big
surprise after a friend checked his Powerball ticket on the Kansas
Lottery's website. After purchasing the ticket September 12, Cook
left it sitting on his counter for a few days, not giving it much
thought. He was in for a shock when he discovered his ticket was
actually worth $10,112!
"After my friend checked my Powerball ticket online, he held it
out to me and said I had won something," said Cook. "I thought it
was a big joke. I put it in my pocket and forgot about it for a
Cook finally decided to take the ticket to Kansas Lottery
headquarters in Topeka to have it checked. He was so surprised to
find out the ticket was worth $10,112, his legs almost gave out on
"They turned to rubber right under me," said Cook. "I'm still
Cook, who is a truck driver for Keim Transportation Inc., drives
through many states but always tries to buy his Powerball tickets
in Kansas. Although Cook alternates between picking his numbers and
asking for Quick Pick tickets for the first five numbers, he always
picks his own Powerball number.
"I felt good about the number six that day because it's half of
twelve and I bought the ticket on September 12, which was for that
night's Powerball drawing," said Cook. "I bought a $5 ticket,
letting the computer pick the first five numbers and I chose six
for the Powerball number on each set of numbers."
Picking the Powerball to be six helped Cook win on each set of
numbers. He won $4 each on two lines by matching only the Powerball
number. On another line, he matched one number plus the Powerball
number, winning another $4. He also won $100 on one line by
matching three numbers plus the Powerball. The big $10,000 win came
when he matched four numbers plus the Powerball, which brought his
total winnings to $10,112!
Cook plans to purchase a new truck with some of his winnings and
ask a special someone to go to the Kentucky Derby with him this
"I don't think she'll go, but if she does, I'll even buy her a
fancy hat!," said Cook.
The winning ticket was purchased at Crossroads Express, located
at 602 W. Frontier Parkway in Oberlin.