May 11, 2005
New Franklin Woman Wins $100,000 Playing Powerball
A New Franklin woman said she was thrilled when she heard that the store at which she normally buys her Powerball tickets ? Snoddy?s Store, 416 Highways 5 and 40 in New Franklin - sold a winning Powerball ticket worth $100,000. Carolyn Pihana said that since New Franklin is a small town, she may know the winner. She never dreamed it would be her. Pihana?s ticket matched all five white-ball numbers drawn on May 4 to win the game?s second-level prize.
?Pete (Pihana?s husband) stopped at Snoddy?s to pick up some groceries, and he called home and said that the store had sold a winning Powerball ticket,? Pihana, 72, said. ?I thought, ?that?s good. It will be somebody I know.??
Pihana, who works as a library aide at the New Franklin R-I school, said she told Pete that she was too busy frying chicken for the local school?s sports banquet that evening and couldn?t get away to take the tickets to the store, so Pete came home to get them.
?I called her from the store and told her, ?Carolyn, you won $100,000.?? Pete Pihana said. ?She didn?t believe me, so I put the owner of the store on the phone, and he told her the same thing.?
Pihana used Quick Pick to select her winning numbers, which were: 10, 21, 27, 33 and 40.
The Pihanas plan to use their winnings to buy the school a new camcorder, give some to their church and put the rest in the bank for now.
To date, 732 tickets worth $100,000 have been sold in Missouri since the Powerball game started in April 1992.