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March 18, 2010

Greenville Man Wins $10,000 Powerball Prize

audio icon A Greenville man rushed out to buy Powerball tickets just minutes before the end of sales for the March 10 Powerball drawing and was rewarded for his effort.  John Molloy of Greenville was sitting at home that evening when he remembered that the Powerball jackpot was $170 million and he didn’t have any tickets.  His split-second decision landed him a $10,000 prize.
   
"Something told me and I got in the truck and went down there at 20 until nine," recalled Molloy.  "I never do that, either.  I don’t go out just for Lottery tickets.  But I was just sitting there and something told me to get up and do it, so that’s why I did it."    
   
Molloy made a quick trip to Greenville Gas Mart, 102 Front Street in Greenville, and purchased $5 worth of Quick Pick Powerball tickets.  He said he would normally split that $5 purchase between Lotto and Powerball, but since the Lotto drawing was already over for the evening, he spent the whole amount on Powerball tickets. 

Molloy works at the same Walmart location as another recent Powerball winner.  Rafalita Butler of Malden won $10,000 playing Powerball on Feb. 17.  Both players matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number to win their respective $10,000 prizes.  The Powerball numbers on March 10 were:  17, 21, 37, 41, 50, and the Powerball was 1. 
   
Molloy, 56, said that the money would go toward a few bills and possibly a vacation for him and his wife, Roberta.  While nothing is yet planned, Molloy said that a trip to the Caribbean sounds like a good reward.     
   
Powerball is a multi-lottery Numbers Game with jackpots that start at $20 million.

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