January 24, 2006
Harrisonville Retiree Wins $200,000 Powerball Prize
A retired carpenter from Harrisonville built himself a nice financial cushion after he won $200,000 in the Jan. 11 Powerball drawing. Walter "Shorty" Hocker, 74, said he and his wife, Mary, plan to save most of their prize winnings.
"We love to travel," he said. "We may end up in Yuma, Ariz., in the next month or so."
Hocker purchased his winning Powerball ticket Jan. 10 at Friendly’s, 301 S. 7 Highway in Pleasant Hill. He let the computer pick his lucky numbers, which were: 3, 6, 14, 17 and 18.
The second-level prize increased from $100,000 to $200,000 when Powerball underwent a game redesign that took effect on Aug. 28, 2005. The game changes were made to create larger and faster growing jackpots. Since the game’s redesign, 19 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.