2001-08-30 09:04:38.943


An engineer who designs power lines for an electric coop got a jolt when he found out his Powerball ticket from the Aug. 25 was worth $100,000. Bob Newcomb, 58, of Harviell purchased his lucky ticket at Villa Package, 3329 S. Westwood in Poplar Bluff. He let the computer pick the lucky numbers. They were: 8, 17, 22, 42 and 47. Newcomb, who works for the Ozark Border Electric Coop, said he usually buys just one Powerball play, but this time he bought $4 worth. The winning combination was the fourth play. Newcomb said he and his wife, Rose Ann, plan to share the winnings with their three grown children and pay off some bills. He also plans to buy a new saddle for the mule he will ride when he goes elk hunting in Colorado this October. "We’ll live a little bit better," he said. The Missouri Lottery has sold 557 Powerball tickets worth $100,000 since the game began in April 1992.

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