July 1, 2002
HERMITAGE MAN WINS $100,000 PLAYING POWERBALL
Family birth dates brought one Hermitage storeowner a $100,000 windfall for him and his family and a $1,000 prize for their business. Ernest "Rune" Jackson, 45, said he played numbers from his, his wife’s and his daughter’s birthdays and five of those numbers matched all five white balls drawn in Powerball on June 19 to bring a $100,000 prize. Those numbers were: 1, 3, 4, 7 and 11.
In addition, Jackson bought his winning ticket at his own store, Jackson’s Lake Mart in Hermitage, and the business will receive a check for $1,000 for selling a winning ticket.
Jackson said he plans to use his prize money to pay off his 18-year-old daughter’s car loan, to pay off a tractor he bought and to pay some other bills. As for the store money, he said he wasn’t sure what he would do with it. Along with himself, his wife and his daughter, Jackson employs one additional man.
"I gave him (employee) a little bonus for coming in today, since it was supposed to be his day off," Jackson explained.
To date, 594 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.