LUCKY WEEK FOR LOTTERY WINNERS FROM TULSA AND BARTLESVILLE
OKLAHOMA CITY (August 11, 2008) – Michael Malloy of Tulsa and Cody Templeton of Bartlesville won thousands playing the Oklahoma Lottery last week. Malloy won $40,000 playing Powerball with Power Play and Templeton won $17,000 playing the Ruby Red 7’s Scratcher.
Malloy has played the Lottery for years having participated in Florida’s lottery before Oklahoma launched its own in 2005. He purchased his winning ticket at the Quick Trip located at 3108 S. 129 E. Ave. in Tulsa and chose his numbers using his grandson’s birthday and previous winning numbers.
“I watched the drawing and knew I had the Powerball number, but when I checked my ticket I realized I had won more,” he said. “I checked my ticket 30 or 40 times and had a hard time sleeping that night.”
Malloy said he plans on putting the money in the bank and then around Christmas, purchasing gifts for those less fortunate.
“I’m really happy about winning and it’s great that the Lottery helps support education,” he said. “Everyone should keep playing because people do win and you can’t win if you don’t play.”
A regular Lottery player, Templeton purchased his winning Ruby Red 7’s Scratcher at Pump N’ Pete at 2390 N. Osage in Dewey.
“I was so shocked that I asked about 50 people’s opinion on if I had won,” he said.
Templeton plans on using his winnings toward paying off debt and just having fun.
To play Ruby Red 7’s, customers scratch their ticket in hopes of revealing a black ‘7’ symbol to win the prize shown for that symbol. If a red ‘7’ symbol is revealed, the player wins double the prize shown for that symbol.
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $209 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.
Proceeds are used statewide to supplement existing funds for a variety of important education purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.