2002-02-06 16:09:59.0

BUNCETON WOMAN WINS $100,000 ON 2/02/02

Story Photo A palindrome date turned out to be a very lucky day for one Bunceton woman when she won $100,000 playing Powerball. Paula Kempf, 48, found out she won a prize in the Feb. 2 drawing when she stopped for gas at Break Time on Highway 50 in Tipton on Tuesday. While there, the clerk suggested she check her Powerball tickets, since the store had sold a $100,000 winning ticket. Kempf checked her tickets and discovered the prize belonged to her. "I’ve never won anything in my life," Kempf told Lottery officials when she claimed her prize on Tuesday. Kempf, a nurse for the Missouri Department of Health, said she purchased her ticket on Feb. 2 at Break Time. She let the Quick Pick function generate the lucky numbers. They were: 12, 19, 27, 43 and 45. Kempf said she plans to use her winnings to buy a new car and take a vacation to California to visit relatives. "I have been saving (for the trip)," she said. "Now I don’t have to worry about it." To date, 578 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.

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