2004-04-01 14:23:33.0

Arkansas Assembler Wins Powerball Prize On St. Patrick's Day

Story Photo A 51-year-old power assembler from Jonesboro, Ark., found his pot of gold on St. Patrick’s Day when he won $100,000 playing Powerball in Missouri. Robert Simpson, who works at Hytrol Conveyors in Jonesboro, Ark., said this was the first time in four or five years that he has played Powerball individually; he said he has been playing Powerball with another guy at work for the past three months. "We’ll probably take a pretty good vacation," he said. "We’ll also pay off our debts." Simpson and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of one grown daughter. Simpson purchased his winning ticket at Mr. T’s Liquor Store in Cardwell. He used a combination of birthdays and ages to pick his lucky combination of numbers. The winning numbers from the March 17 drawing were: 7, 15, 20, 24 and 43. To date, 688 tickets worth $100,000 have been sold in Missouri since the Powerball game started in April 1992.

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