April 7, 2006
Russellville Exterminator Unearths $10,000 In Powerball
A termite technician for Orkin used some numbers his 3-year-old son muttered to play Powerball and wound up winning $10,000. Alfred "Al" Smith, 44, of Russellville said his wife, Brenda, thought about playing the numbers in the Lottery.
"He was walking around the house last week calling a few numbers out," Smith said about his son. "I came home one evening and my wife said, ’You’d better take those numbers down and get some Lottery tickets.’" Smith used combinations of those numbers and his son’s age to come up with the winning combination to win $10,000 in the April 5 drawing. His winning numbers were: 3, 9, 24, 29 and the Powerball number was 42. Smith purchased his winning ticket April 4 at Merten’s Mini Mart, Highway C and Simpson St. in Russellville.
Smith said he plans to use his prize money to pay bills and buy three four-wheelers for his six children, who range in age from newborn to 20-years-old.
The third-level prize increased from $5,000 to $10,000 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. The $10,000 third-level prize is won by matching four of the five white-ball numbers and the Powerball.