2008-11-25 17:03:21.483

Jefferson City Man Wins $10,000 Playing Powerball

Story Photo audio icon A Jefferson City maintenance man is padding his retirement fund with the $10,000 prize he just won by matching four white-balls and the Powerball in the Nov. 22 drawing.  William (Bill) Edwards, 63, bought the winning ticket at Convenient Food Mart, 3714 W. Truman Blvd. in Jefferson City, after leaving work on Nov. 20.
"When I first started buying them, I quit smoking," said Edwards.  "I said, ’Well, I’ll take that money and maybe it will make me rich, rather than kill me.’  I’ve been buying them forever, since you started the Lottery - $3 on Powerball and $3 on Missouri Lottery, twice a week."
Edwards is a maintenance worker at Johnson Controls.  The plant, which makes car seats, is shutting down operations at the end of the year.  With 23 years of service, a severance package and now this prize, Edwards explained that he was going to retire and enjoy the good life.

"We’ve got a camper that we keep down at Lake Pomme de Terre and a boat," said Edwards.  "We’ve got three girls here in the vicinity, so I figure they will keep me busy with their ’honey-do’ lists.  I’m just going to piddle around."
Powerball is a multi-state numbers game with jackpots starting at $15 million and eight other prizes ranging from $3 to $200,000.

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