2005-02-18 15:18:40.0

Vandalia Man Wins $18,250 Using Telephone Number

Story Photo Using four numbers from his telephone number paid off for a Vandalia man who won $18,250 in the Feb. 10 evening Pick 4 drawing. Howard Perkins, 56, said he plays the last four numbers of his phone number - 3, 4, 7 and 8 - in Pick 4 each day. On Feb. 10, he bought two straight plays and two straight/boxes plays, and when those numbers were drawn, he won a total of $18,250. "Happy tears came to my eyes," he said. "My sister-in-law called to ask if I played my numbers, because she knew they came up in order." Perkins said he and his wife, Brenda, plan to use the prize money to pay bills. "We won’t do anything extravagant," he said. Perkins purchased his winning ticket at Abel’s Quik Shop, Highway 54 in Vandalia. Pick 4 is a daily Numbers Game that offers players a chance to win up to $6,000 by picking four numbers between 0 and 9. Players can also allow the computer to generate four numbers randomly for them.

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