October 21, 2005
Ellington Woman Wins $10,000 Playing Powerball For the First Time
An Ellington woman is glad she played Powerball for the first time after she won $10,000 in the Oct. 15 drawing. Judy Rains, 51, said she nearly threw her ticket away after she checked what she thought were the winning numbers.
"I had never played before, and I really didn’t know what to do," Rains said. "My daughter and I had checked what I thought were the right numbers on the Web site, and I tossed the tickets aside to throw them away later.
"I’m so glad I didn’t," she said. "Later, I saw my husband writing down the numbers from the news, and I told him not to bother because we had already checked them. As I was walking away, I heard the numbers and I told Kevin (her husband) to go ahead and write those numbers down because they weren’t the same as the ones I had checked earlier."
Rains purchased her winning ticket at Town & Country, 335 Highway 21 and 106, in Ellington. She let the computer select her winning numbers.
"You wouldn’t believe how many people went and played Powerball since I won," she said. "Everyone is just so excited about me winning."
Rains said she and her husband plan to use their winnings to pay a few medical bills and put the rest of it in a savings account.