2009-05-22 13:56:57.197

Centralia Lottery Winner Says She Defied the Odds

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Deanna Richman of Centralia never expected to win a $10,000 Powerball prize. 

“I’m an ovarian cancer survivor,” she said. “So I always joked that I could never win the lottery, too.”

But that’s exactly what happened when a Powerball ticket her husband, Lynn, purchased at 22 Drive Thru, 889 E. Highway 22 in Centralia, matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number in the May 20 drawing – a feat that earned the curriculum director for the Centralia R-VI School District a $10,000 prize.

She said her husband routinely checks the couple’s Powerball tickets at Molottery.com and followed the same routine on May 21, following the Wednesday night drawing. When he reached his wife by phone to share the surprising news, Richman said she wasn’t quite sure what to think.

“I said, ‘You’ve got to be lying,’” she began.  “And he said, ‘Do you think I’d lie about something like this?’”

“He told me we should invest it in the stock market,” she recalled with a laugh.  Noting the volatile market, she told him, “Don’t do anything until we talk!”

Powerball is a multi-state game that gives players nine ways to win cash prizes with a jackpot starting at $20 million, second-level prizes of $200,000 and third-level prizes of $10,000.  Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. 

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