2010-08-30 08:30:05.983

Loot and Lobster: Crocker Woman Makes Plans for Powerball Prize

Story Photo It was a typical day for Pamela Rout of Crocker until she realized the Powerball numbers she’d been playing for the past five years finally hit.  The 52-year-old matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball to win a $10,000 prize from the Aug. 21 drawing.

"I was on my way to work at Daugherty Bowling Center in Ft. Leonard Wood," she recalled.  "I stopped to check my ticket on the way."

The first-time Lottery winner found herself "completely speechless" at Gateway Energy, 379 VFW Memorial Drive, in St. Robert.

"I scanned the ticket, and I didn’t think it was right," she said.  "I asked the clerk to check, too, because I needed another person to see what I was seeing.  She said I won, and I asked her to do it again to make sure!"

After scanning the ticket three times, she began to believe her "special numbers," consisting of friends’ and family members’ birthdays, really paid off.

"I went straight to work and locked the ticket up in the safe there," she revealed.  "I wanted to make sure it was locked up until I could get to the Lottery and claim my prize."

As for plans for the windfall, she knows exactly what she is going to do.

"I’m going to get out of debt!" she exclaimed. 

With a laugh, she also said she planned to do one more thing with the prize money – "go to Red Lobster and eat a good dinner."

Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $20 million.  The winning numbers from the Aug. 21 drawing were:  7, 10, 12, 22, 27, and the Powerball was 26.

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