RETIRED INOLA COUPLE CLAIMS $200K POWERBALL TICKET
A $1 Bill May Have Brought Them Luck
Oklahoma City (Jan. 20, 2009) – Judie and Tim Mefford rarely play the Lottery, but after finding a lost dollar bill, they decided to purchase a Powerball ticket and won $200,000. They bought their winning ticket at Fiesta Mart, 2660 E. 21st, in Tulsa.
The Mefford’s recently sold their business to retire and were spending a day cleaning out their offices.
“I found a dollar bill while cleaning and I gave it to Tim,” said Judie. “I told him we had better get a ticket for the Wednesday night drawing.”
Tim went and purchased the ticket but didn’t use the dollar Judie had found. Instead, they’re considering the bill a good luck charm.
“We won on the ticket we purchased so now the dollar bill has kind of become a lucky symbol for us,” said Judie. “We still have the dollar and we plan to hold on to it.”
Tim discovered they had won while checking their numbers on the computer Thursday morning.
“We rechecked the numbers several times,” said Tim. “We were in disbelief and didn’t want to believe we were winners until the check was in our hands.”
The Mefford’s chose their winning numbers through Easy Pick. They plan to use their winnings toward enjoying retirement by paying off their RV and traveling more.
When they do play, the Mefford’s appreciate the Lottery funds helping support Oklahoma’s education.
“I think it’s excellent that the Lottery supports education,” said Tim.
“It’s wonderful,” added Judie.
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $236 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds directed to the higher education capital bond issue and funds directed to the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund (OELTF). The Oklahoma Legislature appropriates the OELTF.
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.