2002-09-20 16:34:29.0


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After a couple of serious car problems, an Easton man’s luck got better when he found out Sunday morning that his Powerball ticket for the Sept. 14 drawing was worth $100,000. Robert Gaylord, 43, and his wife, Robenette, 41, said first, the transmission went out on their pick-up truck, and then their van burst into flames on Highway 36 about three weeks ago.

"It was hard to sleep Sunday night," Robenette Gaylord told Lottery officials when they claimed the prize on Monday. "It’s unreal."

Robert Gaylord purchased his winning ticket at Till Oil Co. in Stewartsville. Robenette said he only plays "here and there" when the jackpot gets high, and he played Sept. 14 since the jackpot was estimated at $100 million. Gaylord used a combination of numbers his 16-year-old daughter formulated using their families’ birth dates and ages. Those numbers are: 5, 14, 26, 31 and 40.

The Gaylords plan to use their winnings to set up college funds for their five daughters, pay some bills and take a vacation to visit family.

To date, 616 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.

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