May 16, 2007
Raymore Man Wins $800,000 Powerball Prize
A Raymore man claimed an $800,000 prize on a Missouri Powerball ticket, on which he used the Power Play feature. Harold Dorsey, 54, won the $800,000 prize when his ticket matched all five white-ball numbers drawn May 9 to win the second-level base prize of $200,000. Since he used the $1 Power Play feature, and the Power Play number drawn was 4, the base prize was multiplied by four to $800,000.
Dorsey purchased his winning ticket at Harmon Tire Co., 101 S. Madison Ave. in Raymore, on the day of the drawing. He used Quick Pick to the let the computer select his numbers - 2, 13, 30, 44 and 52. Dorsey does not usually use Power Play, but he tried it out during a recent Power Play promotion that allowed players to multiply their prize up to 10 times to win up to $2 million. The promotion ended on April 28.
"I only started (playing Power Play) during the promotion," Dorsey said. "I didn’t know when it ended."
The day after the drawing, Dorsey and his wife, Vanessa, went to get gas and check four Lottery tickets - two Powerball and two Lotto.
"The third one said, ’See store clerk,’" Dorsey said. "(The clerk’s) eyes got big, and she turned (the screen) around, and I saw $800,000."
Dorsey has worked for the General Services Administration in Kansas City for 35 years. He is eligible for retirement next year, but he planned to keep working to pay for his children’s college tuition.
"Now, I can retire next year," Dorsey said.
In addition to paying the college tuition for two of his five children, Dorsey plans to pay off bills, make some investments and do some traveling. Since his mother’s family was from England, he would like to go visit his relatives who still live there. Dorsey and his wife have also talked about visiting Hawaii some day.
For an extra $1 per play, Powerball’s Power Play feature offers the chance to multiply prizes, excluding the jackpot, up to five times the normal payout. Before each Wednesday and Saturday Powerball drawing, a wheel is spun to select a number from two to five to determine how much the prize, excluding the jackpot, will be multiplied for players who selected the Power Play option.