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December 16, 2009

Missouri Lottery Winner Says Sundays are for Football and Powerball

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Dane Sackrider has his Sunday routine down pat.  Each week, prior to the Kansas City Chiefs football game, he ventures to a nearby convenience store to get something to drink and to check his Powerball tickets from the previous night’s drawing.  Though the Chiefs lost last Sunday, Sackrider came out a winner.  The 22-year-old bank teller won $10,000 by matching four white-ball numbers, as well as the Powerball number, from the Dec. 12 drawing.

Sackrider said his Sunday trips to QuikTrip, 15401 S. 71 Highway in Grandview, usually include a little friendly encouragement on his part as he asks the clerk to scan his ticket to determine if it’s a winner.

“Usually, I’m like, ‘Come on, win.  Come on, win,’” he shared.  “This time I wasn’t really even watching.  It came up $10,000, and I said, ‘Do what?!’”

He took the ticket home and checked his numbers again on Molottery.com.  Armed with the reassurance that he really was holding a $10,000 ticket, Sackrider called his mother to share the good news.

“She said, ‘Shut up, you’re lying,” he laughed, thinking of the reactions of those around him.  “My sister’s boyfriend also said he hated me.  That was kind of nice.”

Plans for the unexpected prize money include “putting some in savings and probably getting a pretty nice TV, too.”

Sackrider used the game’s Quick Pick feature to allow the computer to randomly select his numbers for him.  The winning Powerball numbers for the Dec. 12 drawing were:  12, 13, 14, 35 and 41.  The Powerball number was 29.

Powerball is a multi-state game with jackpots that start at $20 million.  Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. 

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