Press Release


Three Big Prizes Remain Unclaimed; Lottery Director
Advises People to Check Their Tickets

A retired horse trainer from Sallisaw won $600,000 on Aug. 25 playing Powerball.  Nita K. Jacobs, 60, said she picked her winning numbers based on television coverage of a Dallas Cowboys pre-season football game.
Jacobs was home watching the game when a friend called to ask if she needed anything from the store.  She asked for a Powerball ticket and told the friend to pick the numbers for her.  When her friend replied that she should pick her own numbers, Nita began calling out the numbers from the backs of Dallas Cowboy players’ jerseys as the cameras zoomed in.
The winning numbers from Saturday’s draw were 2-8-23-29-35, and the Powerball number was 19. The Power Play multiplier was 3. Jacobs matched all five white ball numbers but missed the red Powerball number.
“I will play the lottery for the rest of my life!” she said.
Jacobs said she hasn’t decided for sure what to do with her winnings, but has always wanted to go to Australia.  For now, she’s putting the money in the bank.
The winning ticket was purchased at Best Mart, located at 1301 N. Maple St. in Sallisaw. Jacobs said she has played the Lottery weekly since it began in Oklahoma, but this is the first time she has purchased a ticket at this particular location because it has just recently opened.
According to Powerball officials, Oklahoma had a total of 54,117 winners from the Aug. 25 Powerball draw.  Winners include Oklahoma City residents Steve Duty, who won $30,000, and Terrance Bruyere, a $10,000 winner.  
Oklahoma Lottery Commission Executive Director Jim Scroggins said there are still three big winners who have not come forward to claim their prizes, including one $30,000 ticket purchased at Maveric Mini Mart #2 in Sapulpa, and two $10,000 tickets, one sold at S&S Quick Stop in Jay, and the other at E-Z Mart #520 in Shawnee.
“We’re really pulling for our Oklahoma winners,” Scroggins said.  “Everyone who purchased Powerball tickets, particularly those in Sapulpa, Jay and Shawnee, should check them against the winning Powerball numbers.”
Players can obtain winning numbers on the Oklahoma Lottery website,, or by simply visiting their closest lottery retailer. Prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing.
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education.  More than $139 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.