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Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Sally Lunsford
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Russell Businessman Misses Jackpot, but Claims $10,000 Powerball Prize

Todd Templeton, 50, of Russell said he can't help but think of "what if" - what if he had matched one more number and won the January 22 Powerball jackpot of $131 million.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to have won what I did, but I was just one number away from winning a jackpot," said Templeton.

Templeton won a $10,000 prize for matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. The winning numbers in the January 22 drawing were 1-2-7-9-55 Powerball 29. Templeton's Quick Pick ticket matched every number except the "7."  He had "23" instead.

Templeton told Lottery officials he is a regular player of both Powerball and Mega Millions, typically purchasing a $10 Quick Pick for each Powerball drawing and a $5 Quick Pick for each Mega Millions drawing.

"I never pick my own numbers," said the lucky winner. "I figure if it's meant to be, it will happen," he said.  The most he's ever won until now, he said, was $10.

A native of Russell, Templeton is the co-owner of Don Karst Well Services in Russell.  He purchased his lucky $10 Quick Pick Powerball ticket at Westside Propane & Convenience, located at 616 W. Wichita in Russell.

"I'm going to keep on playing Powerball and Mega Millions," Templeton said. "It's fun and you can't win if you don't play."

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