2005-12-06 14:45:03.0

Columbia Man Wins $200,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo A Columbia man plans to pay off his car and other bills after his Powerball ticket matched all of the five white-ball numbers drawn on Dec. 3. Doug Dorosh, 63, said he has been playing Powerball for several years. "It’s a good feel (to win)," he said when he claimed his prize at the Jefferson City office on Dec. 5. Dorosh, who is currently on disability, was employed with IBM for 38 years. Dorosh purchased his winning ticket at Ayerco in Kirksville on Dec. 3, when he was visiting his wife, who lives in Kirksville and teaches at Truman State University. He bought two combinations using his own numbers and three combinations using Quick Pick. The winning combination was his numbers, consisting of family birthday and ages. The winning numbers were: 2, 15, 26, 37 and 42. Dorosh said he found out he had won on Dec. 4, when he checked his e-mail. He had previously entered his combinations into a special feature on the Lottery’s Web site called "My Favorite Numbers." The feature, which you can join by setting up a My Lottery free account, sends an e-mail to players if their numbers are drawn, alerting them that they may have won a prize if they purchased a ticket with their favorite numbers. Lucky for Dorosh, he had. The second-level prize recently increased from $100,000 to $200,000 when Powerball underwent a new game design that took effect on Aug. 28. The game changes were made to create larger- and faster-growing jackpots. Since the game’s redesign, seven winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.

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