October 9, 2008
Kansas City Man Claims $200,000 Powerball Prize Twice in One Year
One very lucky Kansas City man won the Missouri Lottery not once, but twice in the same year. Arthur Watkins Jr., 53, matched five white-ball numbers in the May 21 Powerball drawing to win $200,000, and then selected the winning Powerball numbers for a second time in the Sept. 24 Powerball drawing to win $200,003.
Watkins purchased both winning tickets at Longview Apple Market, 6859 Longview Road in Kansas City. The Sept. 24 winning numbers were 5, 13, 21, 32 and 36. On a separate play in the Sept. 24 drawing Watkins selected the Powerball number (33), which raised his most recent win from $200,000 to $200,003.
According to Watkins, he never considered himself to be a lucky person, but this year’s lucky streak is proving to be a happy change of pace.
“I was watching the news with my father when I realized I had won, again,” said Watkins. “I can’t believe I hit it twice in one year, but I am definitely excited about it!”
When asked what he planned to do with his second windfall, Watkins stated that he was going to pay off bills with some of the prize money.
“It will be nice to be debt free,” said Watkins. “I might also buy a new car.”
Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $15 million. Watkins’ ticket was the 112th second-level winning Powerball ticket in Missouri since the game redesign in August 2005.