2008-12-01 08:08:04.047

Independence Retiree Wins $200,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo audio icon A former General Motors employee is breathing easier after discovering his Powerball ticket from the Nov. 19 drawing was worth $200,000.  Ronald Dankenbring, 56, bought the ticket at QuikTrip, 19010 U.S. 24 Highway in Independence, on Tuesday before the drawing.  He spent $1 on the Quick Pick ticket, which contained the winning numbers 8, 13, 38, 39 and 45. 
"I just bought one," said Dankenbring.  "I figure I’ve got just as much chance with $1 as $100."  
While traveling home from a trip to Cabela’s Store in Kansas, his wife, Dorothy, checked her own Powerball ticket at a different QuikTrip. 
"She said somebody won $200,000," recalled Dankenbring.  "I said maybe it was me, because I left my ticket at home.  I said, ’That would be sad to have five numbers and not get that sixth one, wouldn’t it?’  Well, I’m not really too sad!  I’m not going to lose any sleep over it." 
Dankenbring, who called this windfall a "Godsend," said that the biggest thing he’d ever won before was a live hog.  The hog provided meat for his family for about a year, but he hopes to do a little more with this prize. 
"Like I said, I’ll probably pay my car off, probably buy the kids a nice Christmas and the rest of it I’m putting it in the bank.  The way things are right now, I may need some of it," said Dankenbring.  "I might go out to eat tonight, but that’s about it."   
Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $15 million and eight other prizes ranging from $3 to $200,000.

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