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December 20, 2010

$200,000 Powerball Prize Starts Seneca Player Packing

Story Photo Patricia Schultz of Seneca knew exactly what she wanted to do with a $200,000 Powerball she won from the Dec. 11 drawing.  The first-time Lottery winner plans to pay bills, save for retirement and take a trip of a lifetime with her daughter to Italy. 

“I’ve been playing the same numbers for a long time,” said Schultz.  “I’ve never won more than $15 until now.  I can’t believe it!”

The 57-year-old nurse at Freeman Hospital in Joplin generally buys “a couple Powerball tickets – some with Quick Pick numbers and some with the special numbers” every week. 

“I just liked the way they sounded together – kind of like they rhyme in a way,” she said, referring to her reasoning for playing the same combination of numbers for more than five years.

When she saw the familiar numbers – 1, 8, 10, 19 and 20 – had hit in the Dec. 11 Powerball drawing, her first thought was, “I hope I remembered to buy a ticket for that one!”  After surveying her home for the Powerball tickets, she realized that she had probably left the tickets in the visor of her vehicle.  There was just one problem.  Schultz didn’t have her car.

“I called my daughter, because I let her borrow my car for a trip to Kansas City,” she recalled.  “I said, ‘Can you check in the visor?  I think that I have some tickets in there, and I need you to read the numbers to me right now!’”

Unaware that Schultz suspected that she had won a Powerball prize, her daughter reluctantly collected the tickets and read the numbers over the phone. 

“It was just amazing and unbelievable!” exclaimed Schultz, who asked her daughter to read the numbers twice before telling her the news.  “I told her to drive very carefully back home, and to get here as soon as she could!”

Schultz purchased the winning Powerball ticket from the Dec. 11 drawing at Super Stop, 1817 Washington, in Seneca.

Powerball is a multi-lottery game that features jackpots starting at $20 million.  Schultz’s ticket was the 173rd second-level winning Powerball ticket in Missouri. 

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