2005-03-30 15:37:07.0

Gower Mom Wins $100,000 Playing Powerball

Story Photo A Gower mother is planning a family trip to Walt Disney World after her Powerball ticket for the March 26 drawing matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win $100,000. Ruth Mitchell, 36, said she has been hoping to take her two children there, and now she has the money to do it. In addition to a Disney vacation, Mitchell said she and her husband, Tom, plan to use the prize money to pay off their truck and to pay bills. She also plans to have a lunch catered for her co-workers and a party for her friends. Mitchell said after she found out about her win on March 29, she called her sister, Debbie, and left her a message. When her sister called her back, she asked Mitchell, "What did you do, win the Lottery or something?" Mitchell also celebrated her win by buying some people drinks. "All the regulars at the store always ask me if I won anything when I check my tickets," she said. "When I found out I won $100,000, I told them ’free pop for everyone,’ and I bought them a round of pop." Mitchell purchased her winning ticket at United Cooperatives in Smithville on March 24, on her way to work at Cap Gemini in Kansas City. She let the computer pick the winning combination. The winning numbers were: 9, 12, 35, 41 and 51. To date, 730 tickets worth $100,000 have been sold in Missouri since the Powerball game started in April 1992.

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