2015-02-27 16:39:15.897

Raytown Barbers Share $1 Million Prize

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Two Raytown barbers are sharing more than business expenses after they won a $1 million Powerball prize in the Feb. 11 drawing.  Jerry Ford, 70, and Alan Carter, 52, said they have owned and cut hair at the Ridgewood Barbershop in Raytown for more than 20 years. They go together to buy Lottery tickets when the jackpot gets high.

“I told Jerry, ‘I’m going to go buy a Powerball ticket. Do you want in?’” said Carter, who resides in Kansas City. “He said he just bought one. But when I got back, he said, ‘Here’s $1.’”

Carter purchased the duos’ winning ticket next door at Spanky’s Sports Bar, 5230 Blue Ridge Blvd., in Raytown. He let the computer pick the winning white-ball numbers, which were: 11, 13, 25, 39 and 54.

“I scanned the ticket at the gas station when I stopped to get gas,” Carter explained.  “I didn’t know what to think.

“I came to work and told Jerry, ‘We have problems. You have tax problems now,’” he teased.

Ford, who is married with three grown children and lives in Blue Springs, said he plans to use his prize money to buy a new truck, buy his wife, Mary Lou, a car and save the rest. Carter, who is also married, said he and his wife, Sue, plan to buy a new truck and invest the rest.

Both said the money will help them with retirement in the future.

Powerball is a $2 multi-state Draw Game that features jackpots starting at $40 million. The duo’s win is the 418th ticket worth $1 million or more in the Lottery’s history, and the 32nd $1 million or more Match 5 prize since the game changes in January 2012. Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. Research all current and past winning numbers at MOLottery.com.

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