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August 30, 2001

TREASURY DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE WINS $100,000

A trip to Kansas City and excitement due to a $280 million Powerball jackpot helped sway a St. Louis man to visit a Powerball retail location, which is owned by a friend’s family, to buy a Powerball ticket. Anthony "Tony" Ledbetter, 48, said he’s not a regular Powerball player, but because of the excitement over the near-record jackpot, he stopped at Country Liquors, 610 E. 135th St. in Kansas City, to visit a friend’s parents and buy a ticket. One of the two $5 tickets Ledbetter bought held a combination of numbers that matched all five white-ball numbers drawn Saturday to win the game’s second-level prize of $100,000. Ledbetter, a taxpayer advocate with the United States Treasury Department, said he plans to pay off a few bills, visit family in Atlanta and save the rest. He used Quick Pick to select his winning numbers: 8, 17, 22, 42 and 47. Eight players in Missouri won the $100,000 prize in Saturday’s drawing for the $295 million Powerball jackpot. Another 369,891 other tickets from the weekend’s drawing are worth prizes ranging from $3 to $5,000. The Missouri Lottery has awarded 557 $100,000 prizes to Missouri Powerball players since the game began in 1992.





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