August 30, 2001
WASHINGTON MAN VISITING MISSOURI DAD WINS $100,000 POWERBALL PRIZE
A Spokane, Wash., man got a pleasant surprise while visiting his 90-year-old father, who was in the hospital. Each morning, Larry Collins, 59, would go across the street from the hospital to buy a cup of coffee at Express Mart, 1331 E. Bannister Road in Kansas City. While there one day last week, he decided to buy a couple of Powerball tickets.
"I only get one normally, but this time I bought two," he said. "It was the second one that won."
Collins, who said he only plays when the jackpots swell, said he let the computer pick the winning numbers. They were: 8, 17, 22, 42 and 47.
Collins, an iron worker, said he plans to save the money for his own retirement in two to three years.
"Since the market was down the past couple years, this will help make up for it," he said.
The Missouri Lottery has sold 557 Powerball tickets worth $100,000 since the game began in April 1992.