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DATE:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Baxter Springs Resident Claims $50,000 Powerball Cash Prize!

James "Bob" Dinger, 58, of Baxter Springs said he has been playing Powerball since the game began in Kansas in 1992. His persistence paid off May 6 after he matched four of the first five Powerball numbers and the Powerball in that night's drawing, to win a $50,000 cash prize! 

"I've been playing my own numbers for years and I always buy tickets at the same place," said Dinger. "The numbers I play are my wife's birthday, my kids' birthdays and my birthday. I also always buy a $12 ticket for three drawings." 

When Dinger checked his Powerball ticket a few days after the May 6 drawing, he initially thought he had won $100. 

"I stopped at the same store where I bought the ticket to have it checked," Dinger said. "At first, I thought I had won $100, but when the store clerk tried validating the ticket, she said she wasn't able to because it was worth more than they could pay out. Together, we figured out how much I had won and I was shocked.  I went from thinking I had won $100 to actually winning $50,000!  It took a while for that to soak in." 

Several other customers were in the store when Dinger discovered he was a big winner and they were all very happy and excited for him. 

"Everyone was congratulating me," said Dinger. "I was still having a hard time believing I had won. I don't think I really did believe it until I called the Lottery office and had the ticket verified. After calling, I signed the back of the ticket and put it in a book next to the bed until I could take it over to my son's home vault." 

The lucky winner said he plans to continue playing the same winning Powerball numbers and hopes he'll get to return to the Kansas Lottery to claim another large prize. 

"I've been very blessed all my life," said Dinger. "Hopefully, I'll be back again someday." 

Dinger and his wife Mary, who have two grown children and two granddaughters, said they plan to pay off bills with their winnings as well as remodel their home and take a vacation to an island this fall since Mary loves sand. 

The winning ticket was purchased at Pete's 45, located at 202 E. 12th St. in Baxter Springs. 

TO VIEW VIDEO OF THE WINNERS CLICK HERE:  JAMES "BOB" DINGER




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