October 28, 2003
INDEPENDENCE MAN GETS RETIREMENT BOOST
An Independence man is adding $100,000 to his retirement account after matching all five white-ball numbers in the Oct. 22 Powerball drawing. Thomas "Tom" Ortiz, 63, said he plans to retire in a year and a half from his job at the Tension Envelopes Corp. in Kansas City, where he has worked for 15 years. He said most of the prize money will go towards retirement.
"We were planning to buy my wife a new car, so we’ll probably do that," he said. "And we’ll give a little (money) to our kids."
Ortiz said he and his wife, Loretta, are the parents of two grown girls. He played some numbers that he had received in Quick Pick plays for the previous Powerball drawing. Those numbers were: 3, 25, 27, 28 and 53.
To date, 668 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.