1999-06-25 11:35:14.653


Just 23 days after retiring, a Carl Junction man garnered $100,000 more for his retirement account after matching all five white-ball numbers in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. Bill Stansberry, 59, said he’ll probably use some of the money to buy a newer truck to replace his ’84 pickup and an additional lot next to their property on the Spring River in Riverton, Kan. "I’m going to get a new stove and refrigerator," said his wife, Evelyn. Stansberry and his wife purchased their winning ticket Wednesday afternoon, when they stopped at Sonny’s Country Mart in Carl Junction, to buy gas. They used their two children and four grandchildren’s birthdays to select the Powerball numbers in their 10 plays, and they let the computer pick the five white-ball numbers in each combination. It was one of the five sets of computer-picked white-ball numbers - 12, 15, 17, 23 and 49 - that brought them the $100,000 prize. Stansberry retired May 31 from Thermal Engineering in Joplin, where he was a supervisor for 15 years. He also is retired as a chief in the U.S. Navy. Evelyn Stansberry previously worked for Citizen Bank in Carl Junction and LaBarge Electric in Joplin. To date, 450 Missouri players have won $100,000 in Powerball since the game began in April 1992.

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