December 14, 2011
Columbia Woman Wins $21,375 Playing Pick 4
A Columbia woman who has been playing her deceased father’s birth year sought divine intervention and may have gotten it. Janice Estill, 53, finally saw her numbers drawn on Dec. 10. The winning Pick 4 combination was 1-9-2-8, and Estill had two straight tickets and three straight/box tickets to add up to the $21,375 prize.
“I’ve been playing a whole bunch of different numbers, and I said, ‘I’m just going to concentrate on one number.’ If it comes in, I’m getting paid!” declared Estill.
She recalled reading stories about other players on Molottery.com who had won big prizes by buying multiple tickets with the same combination. Estill and her good friend have been playing her father’s birth year around his birthday, Dec. 6. The number hit four days later, and she was ready.
“If it had come in on Dec. 6, I would have won $54,000,” she admitted. “Everything’s a blessing; whatever you win.”
Estill said she would “pay bills” with the winnings, and she’ll be looking for some new living room furniture.
“The furniture I have is my daddy’s furniture,” she explained. “I told my sister, ‘When that number comes in, I am buying some new furniture.’ That’s exactly what I’m going to do.”
Estill said she couldn’t sleep Saturday night after learning the winning combination. Her friend called with the news.
“I didn’t sleep Saturday night. I was just too keyed up. I couldn’t concentrate on anything,” she said.
Estill is a regular Pick 3 and Pick 4 player who likes to follow the numbers. She prefers combinations of birthdates and years. She won big several years ago playing her mother’s birthday. She offered some advice for other Lottery players.
“Keep hope alive,” she suggested. “True Lottery people know. They are going to keep playing. Stick with it and keep hope alive.”
is a twice-daily Draw Game. Players select four numbers between zero and nine, and win prizes based on style of play, numbers matched and order drawn. Winning combinations are selected at 12:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.