2010-03-02 20:29:52.79

Malden Woman Wins $10,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo For Rafalita Butler, dedication to playing her numbers finally paid off on Feb. 17.  The mother of five has been playing a combination of birthdates for nearly 10 years, and her numbers finally came up that day.  Butler purchased the winning ticket at Amerimart, 601 Highway J in Malden, and was alerted to her $10,000 win while watching the numbers being displayed at the same location. 
"I never check my tickets until I get a pile of them," began Butler. 
During a trip for fried chicken on Feb. 19, she began to recognize the winning numbers on the Lottery terminal. 
"While I was waiting, I see the numbers start popping up," Butler continued.  "They’re all my kid’s birthdays.  I see my first child, my second child, my third child, and I’m telling my husband, ’I think I won something on the Lottery.’" 
Butler confirmed her good fortune by later checking the winning numbers at Molottery.com.  She said she kept the winning ticket in a coat pocket in her closet until she was able to claim it at the St. Louis regional Lottery office on Feb. 26. 
Only one number away from winning the jackpot, Butler wasn’t disappointed by the near miss.  She indicated that she may use some of the money to plan a cruise for her and her husband, Terrell, who works as a contractor in Afghanistan. 
"If my son had been born on the 36th, we would’ve been good to go," she laughed. 
Butler intends to put most of the money in savings and said she’ll continue to play the Lottery.
"I’m sticking with the same set," she said.  "I didn’t know about the Power Play.  That’s the only thing I’ll change. 
"Keep trying, keep playing the same numbers.  I’ve never changed my numbers.  I’ve always had faith in my numbers.  They came up," Butler added.    
Powerball is a multi-lottery game with jackpots starting at $20 million.  For an extra $1 at the time of purchase, players can select the Power Play option, which will multiply all winnings other than the jackpot by the Power Play number.  The winning Powerball numbers on Feb. 17 were:  7, 8, 19, 26, 36 and the Powerball number was 15.

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