2007-06-20 11:56:48.347

Arkansas Dad Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

Story Photo An Arkansas man celebrated Father’s Day in a big way after he realized that his Powerball ticket was worth $1 million. Michael Smith, 59, of Elkins, Ark., won the $1 million prize when his ticket matched all five white-ball numbers drawn June 16 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 5, the base prize was multiplied by five to $1 million. "It was a good Father’s Day," Smith said when he claimed his prize. "I think I’m still in shock." Smith said he usually gets the winning numbers through the Internet and then checks his tickets later. "I just kept checking the numbers and then the date," Smith said. "Then I made a mad dash to find my wife. It was exciting." Smith, who is a self-employed insurance agent, purchased his winning ticket at Don’s Stateline Store, 22176 U.S. Highway 71 in Pineville. He let the computer select his winning numbers. They were: 4, 8, 32, 47 and 51. Smith said he and his wife, Denise, plan to use their winnings to pay off some bills and set up retirement funds for each other. "I’ve been so worried about retirement," Smith said. "This took away a ton of worry." 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.

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