2005-10-24 07:32:35.0

Arkansas Woman Wins $853,492 First Time Playing Powerball

Story Photo video icon A Blytheville, Ark., woman had serious beginner’s luck when the first time she ever played the Missouri Lottery, she won $853,492 in the record Oct. 19 Powerball drawing. Tammy Frazer, 37, said she spent $5 for five combinations of Powerball tickets on Oct. 19, just hours before the drawing. "It was the first lottery ticket I ever bought," said Frazer. "I figured I had a shot, just like everyone else." Frazer watched for the numbers on television that night and checked her ticket to discover she matched all five white-ball numbers on a combination that she let the computer pick. Those winning numbers were: 7, 21, 43, 44 and 49. Frazer thought she had won $200,000 until a friend told her the next day about the additional Match 5 Bonus Prize money. Frazer is employed as a secretary to a plant manager for Maverick Tube in Blytheville. Frazer said she plans to use her prize money to buy a new vehicle ? "nothing too extravagant." She also plans to use some of the money to go back to college to finish a bachelor’s degree in education. She’ll invest the rest of the money. In addition to Frazer’s ticket, two other tickets matched all five white-ball numbers in the record drawing. One ticket was claimed by a Sikeston woman, and the other prize has not yet been claimed. It was sold at 7-Eleven, 6085 N. Lindbergh in Hazelwood. For more information about Powerball and the Match 5 Bonus Prize, visit the Missouri Lottery’s Web site at www.molottery.com.

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