May 8, 2007
Springfield Man Wins $10,000 Playing Powerball
A Springfield concrete driver is planning to go on his daughter’s band trip to Hawaii next summer after he matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number drawn on May 5. Kevin Fletcher, 48, said he realized he won $10,000 on May 5, when he was driving home from Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, where he is an announcer for the stock car races.
"I was coming home, and I called the hot line," he said. "Then I called my wife at home and said, ’You might want to stay up.’"
In addition to using some money to go on their daughter’s high school band trip next summer, Fletcher and his wife, Barbara, plan to pay off some bills.
Fletcher purchased his winning ticket at Crossroads Convenience, 2785 W. State Highway O in Springfield. He bought one "St. Louis Cardinals" Scratchers ticket and he bought $5 worth of Powerball plays, letting the computer select his combinations.
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.