February 27, 2007
Salem Bartender Wins $10,000 Playing Powerball
A Salem bartender served herself a $10,000 prize when her Powerball ticket for the Feb. 24 drawing matched four of the five white-ball numbers and the Powerball number. Toni Cavender, 57, said she always stops at Wells Package Store in Salem before going to work, and on Fridays, she buys one Lotto ticket and one Powerball ticket. The Powerball ticket she bought on Feb. 23 turned out to be worth $10,000.
Cavender said she found out she won on Feb. 26, when she stopped in Wells to check her tickets.
"I just stood there, probably with my mouth open," said Cavender, who is a bartender for the American Legion Post 99 in Salem.
Cavender let the computer "quick pick" the five winning numbers. They were: 36, 38, 42, 54 and the Powerball number was 24.
"I’m going to pay my car off and pay bills," Cavender said when she claimed her prize in the Jefferson City Missouri Lottery office on Feb. 27. "And we’re going to Red Lobster for lunch!"
The third-level Powerball prize increased from $5,000 to $10,000 in August 2005, when the game was redesigned for the fourth time since it started in April 1992.