2007-01-12 12:52:30.113

Lake Waukomis Retiree Hits $200,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo A retired Lake Waukomis man who plays Powerball "when the jackpot gets high" ended up winning a $200,000 prize. Robert Hammond, 68, bought his winning ticket for the Jan. 6 drawing when he stopped at QuikTrip, 7133 Barry Road in Kansas City, to fill up his vehicle with gas. Hammond said he and his wife, Patricia, plan to use the prize money to buy a "low-boy" trailer. "We plan to spend it frivolously," Hammond joked when he claimed his prize at the Lottery office in Independence on Jan. 8. Hammond let the computer pick the winning numbers on his Powerball ticket. They were 1, 24, 40, 49 and 50. 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, 61 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.

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