2005-06-28 16:08:42.0

Persistence Pays Off For Taneyville Woman Who Won $100,000

Story Photo A set of numbers that she has been playing for four years paid off for a Taneyville woman who won $100,000 when all five of the white-ball numbers drawn in the June 18 Powerball drawing matched five numbers on her Powerball ticket. Deborah Combs said she found out she won the game?s second-level prize during a Father?s Day barbecue at her daughter?s house. ?My daughter had the winning numbers written down on a piece of paper lying on her coffee table, and I thought the numbers looked very familiar,? Combs, 51, said. ?I checked my ticket, and then we checked the numbers again on the Internet. I didn?t even know what the prize would pay. It was a very good Father?s Day.? Combs said she was numb for most of the rest of the day, but her father called and told everyone he knew. Combs said she randomly selected three of the four sets of numbers she?s been playing for four years and got one set of the numbers from a fortune cookie. She doesn?t remember which set was from a fortune cookie. The winning numbers were: 5, 8, 10, 16 and 24. She purchased her winning ticket at Plaza Gas, 640 E. South St. in Ozark. Combs said she and her husband, Roy, plan to use the prize money to pay bills and save for retirement. To date, 740 tickets worth $100,000 have been sold in Missouri since the Powerball game started in April 1992.

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