August 28, 2006
Kansas City Dispatcher Finds $20,000 Under Her Visor
For the past four and a half months, a dispatcher for the city of Kansas City has been driving around with two Powerball tickets - each worth $10,000 - under her car’s sun visor. Mary Brown, 67, of Kansas City said she decided to check the tickets above her visor on Aug. 22 after she won $4 on a ticket she bought the previous week.
"That’s $20,000 I’ve been riding around with in my car since April 1," she said. "I feel very blessed."
Brown purchased the tickets at two different locations for the April 5 drawing using the same numbers she has been playing for years. She bought one ticket at Deb’s Air World Amoco, 8787 N.W. 112th St. in Kansas City, and she bought the other ticket at Pour Boys III, 7538 N.E. Prairie View Drive in Platte Woods. She picked the four winning white-ball numbers - 3, 9, 24 and 39 and the Powerball number 42 - using family birthdays and other special numbers.
Brown said she and her husband, Ray, plan to use the prize money to do some home improvements.
"I’m putting in a little mini-kitchen downstairs, and I will get my cabinets for my kitchen," said Brown.
The third-level Powerball prize increased from $5,000 to $10,000 on Aug. 28, 2005, when the game was redesigned for the fourth time since it started in April 1992.